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Friday, 25 November 2011

Gus Poyet's deep thoughts

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has now apologised for his comments about racism in football. And he is probably hoping that the matter will now blow over. Or for him to make yet another gaffe.

If this is the case, he is probably not going to thank Brighton manager Gus Poyet.

Poyet has joined the debate with an impassioned defence of fellow
Uruguayan Luis Suárez. Apparently the LIverpool striker is not a racist, and his behaviour has simply been misunderstood by us ignorant Brits.

Speaking to Talk Radio, Poyet seems to take it for granted that the LIverpool player used racial terms in his verbal attack on
Patrice Evra. But he was not being racist. Oh no!

It's a cultural matter, you see:
"England needs to understand how the rest of the world lives. If we have that understanding, easy."
"if someone is fat we call them fat boy, if someone has a big nose we call them big nose and if someone is black we call them negro"
So being black is like being fat or having a big nose?

I think Poyet is conflating banter and racism, loyalty and utter bullshit.

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