Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is confident that local striker Shola Ameobi will now be affected at all, by the racial abuse that he has suffered recently.
Alan Pardew with Shola – after he signed his new contract last year
It was sad to hear that Shola Ameobi has been racially abused on the social network, Facebook, much like his brother was in early November, but in Sammy’s case, the abuse came via Twitter.
It’s a sad commentary on society when we cannot accept each other as equals, and it shows there is still work to be done in football, to eradicate all forms of racial prejudice.
Alan Pardew talked to Sky Sports on Friday about the controversy:
“It’s a two-edged sword. There’s one side of that that you don’t want to see, and it’s insulting and everything that goes with it.”
“But on the other side it highlights the issue that it needs to be eradicated from our society.” “The publicity around Shola won’t affect him; he’s far too big and strong to be affected by that.”
“But it’s good to have it in the public spotlight and to say it’s wrong so young people realise that when they are going on Facebook or social networking sites, that they understand they have a responsibility.”
“Hopefully they can understand it is an issue and a problem and they need to leave it alone.”
And today we see that John Terry has been relieved of the England captaincy, with his trial on a racially aggravated public order offense against Anton Ferdinand, not taking place until July, and after the European Championships.
Terry is the first top footballer in England to be charged with such a racially aggravated public order offense.
This is what the English Fa sad in their statement today:
“The Board collectively decided it is in the interests of all parties that John has the responsibilities of captaincy removed at this time.”
“This decision has been taken due to the higher profile nature of the England captaincy, on and off the pitch, and the additional demands and requirements expected of the captain leading into and during a tournament.”
“The FA board can confirm that he has not been excluded from the squad.”
The Chelsea defender will remain eligible to play for the national team at the European Championship, and we should point out that Terry has denied the criminal charge, and did not respond to a request for comment on his dismissal as England captain today.
We think the FA had no other choice, because you cannot have somebody who is awaiting trial for a racially aggravated public order offense, leading out England at the European Championships this summer, when FIFA are so set against racial prejudice of any kind.
It’s the second time John Terry has been removed from the England captaincy.