For me this particularly issue has been taken over by media hype and has lost its grip on reality.
being discriminated against on the basis of colour is horrbile and must be incredibly frustrating for those affected - whether worse or equivalent to discrimination on sexuality, age, religion etc I cannot judge.
being abused in the street must be equally offensive and in the situation where I guess it is most prevalent, late at night by a gang of probably inebriated young men very threatening and scary.
Is this the same? It would appear that on this occasion there was an argument between ferdinand and terry with each trying to wind the other up to gain an advantage in a controlled environment on the sports field. Ferdinand admits to making comments designed to provoke. Terry responds. Had Terry shouted that ferdinand was an ugly c**T who shags his sister, it would be OK. Because he shouted he was a b***K c**T, it apparently merits a court case.
Would Ferdinand genuinely be expected to feel more hurt or intimidated or threatened or abused by the word black. I suspect in the real world no, and certainly nowhere near as serious as a gang of white youths late at night verbally abusing a single black man with an impied threat of physical violence to follow.
I fear pursuing this case has lost sight of common sense and thereby pursuing the case to this extent risks diminishing the outrage that we should all feel should an individual feel genuinely threatened or disadvantaged as a result of his colour (or sexuality etc).
I rather agree with Dancing Yak second paragraph below. It dont believe court cases should happen as an example to others or because the case or defendant is high profile. All should be treated... more
it was referred to the CPS and they thought there was a case to answer your point about "relatively minor" is a ridiculous one. Car theft is "relatively minor" compared to murder. And anyone for whom ... more
or as dancing yak suggests, were the CPS influenced by the media circus and potential bad publicity that would prevail if they took the decision not to prosecute. Sorry dont believe CPS would not... more
your point is based entirely on assumption with nothing to back it up I question your motives in briging this up in the first place. For someone whose point is that this shouldn't have been given so... more
to claim that CPS is not influenced by politics and publicity is errant nonsense. My purpose in bringing this up on an relatively little used message board is to test my thought process. I fear this... more
...it would be better for it to have been moved to a court that can level a higher sentence, upto and including a custodial sentance, than a maximum £2.5k fine if he has been found guilty. At the... more