It was very disappointing to say the least, when there were racial chants coming from the home section of the crowd at Den Hagg on Saturday, and while most of the players didn’t hear the chants, Cheick Tiote did, and he was said to be extremely annoyed and angry at the end of the game, in which he played really well for the Magpies.
Demba Ba – in action on Saturday at Den Haag
Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Cheick were the three players who were picked out for abuse, but our big striker Demba Ba said he didn’t hear the chants:
“I did not hear it because I was focusing on the game.” “If they do that they are really stupid dudes. They have to grow up.” “People have to man up.” “There are many people on earth and you have to be responsible.”
We are really pleased that Demba Ba has chosen to stay on at Newcastle, and he’s not only a great player, but he’s also a smashing person, and he has become involved with Show Racism The Red Card, since he joined Newcastle last summer.
And it seemed that Ba conducted himself almost perfectly over the summer, as he continued to deny the reports that he was seeking a move elsewhere, and every single time he was interviewed he said he had no intention of leaving the club he seems to love playing for.
“I have always said the same thing. So far nothing has happened.” “There is nothing new to talk about on that.” “Everybody has stopped talking about it now.”
“We are in good shape.” “We have two weeks to go now until the first game so I think we will be OK.” “If I do not score and the team wins I am happy about it.”
“I just want to have fun on the pitch.” “You will see me smiling when I play.” “When you see me smiling you know I am all right.”
Demba Ba is a really good guy, and we look forward to seeing him playing in the famous black and white shirt of Newcastle United for many years to come.
And finally, to put these events of Saturday into a little perspective of history, and to paraphrase Martin Luther King in his I Have A Dream speech, he hoped one day his children would “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
By that measure Newcastle’s Demba Ba is a credit to himself and to Newcastle United.