British football fans against racism


Lutz Bachmann, leader of Pegida posing as Adolf Hitler, and his role model

This photo shows Lutz Bachmann, leader of the racist Pegida organisation in Germany, posing as Adolf Hitler, and his role model, the fuehrer of nazi Germany, 1933-1945.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Newcastle fans call for ban on Pegida UK rally

Friday 20th february 2014

NEWCASTLE United fans urged fellow supporters yesterday to demand a ban on far-right activists who are hoping to copy German racists with a “Pegida UK” demonstration on February 28.

Dozens of unions, anti-fascist and religious groups and politicians have already backed a counter-protest to snuff out attempts at building a new British fascist movement.

Now Toon fans, who will mass hours later for a scheduled home game versus Aston Villa, have added their opposition to the plans.

Branding Newcastle a “wonderfully diverse and glorious city,” supporters group NUFC Fans United urges: “The authorities cannot allow any of our community, whatever their race, creed or religious belief to be treated in such a manner in our city on match day or any other day.

“What kind of message is such a rally sending to players such as Papiss Cisse, Mehdi Abeid, Cheik Tiote and Moussa Sissoko as well as to our wider Muslim community?

“What kind of message does it send to those who come to study in our colleges and universities, or who visit as tourists to wonder on the splendour of our heritage history?”

The group urges “like-minded football supporters” to demand a ban on the event, adding: “This rally is unacceptable, uncalled for and not welcome on the streets of Newcastle.”

Pegida UK has adopted the name of an anti-Islamic movement that mobilised thousands in Germany before an “Adolf Hitler” photo of its nazi-loving leader surfaced, plunging it into chaos.

See also here.

The anti-Islamic group Pegida has been warned it is “not welcome” in Newcastle ahead of its inaugural UK protest this weekend: here.

ANTI-FASCISTS will be out in force in Newcastle today to fight back against the first ever demonstration by German Islamophobic group Pegida on Britain’s streets: here.

Racist English football hooligan ‘UKIP supporter’


Chelsea fan Josh Parsons with Nigel Farage

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Chelsea fan in Paris Métro video posed in picture with Nigel Farage

Josh Parsons, identified as one of the fans filmed on a Paris Métro train ahead of the Chelsea – PSG match, is allegedly a ‘vocal’ Ukip supporter

Elena Cresci and Shiv Malik

Thursday 19 February 2015 11.22 GMT

A Chelsea fan filmed while racist chants were shouted on the Paris Métro was a “vocal” supporter of Ukip, even posing with the party’s leader, Nigel Farage.

A photo posted by season ticket holder Josh Parsons on his Instagram account around four months ago shows Farage, drink in hand, next to the 21-year-old named as one of the Chelsea fans on the Paris subway. The caption underneath the photo reads: “UKIP BOYS! What a geezer.”

Parsons has since taken down his Instagram account, as well as his Facebook and Twitter profiles, after he was named by a number of sources as appearing in the video published by the Guardian on Tuesday.

Ukip has told the Guardian that Parsons is not a member of the party and that it had “never heard of him”, adding that the photo was taken outside a London pub.

In a statement, the party’s head of press, Gawain Towler, said: “Mr Farage is photographed with and by dozens of people, both by supporters and opponents on a daily basis.

“Ukip and Mr Farage find the behaviour of the suspected Chelsea fans on the Paris Métro to be disgraceful, and shames both the country and Chelsea football club.

“We are delighted that the identities of these people are being revealed, and that they will face the full force of the law.”

Wearing a black hooded jacket, Parsons can be seen in the Paris video after those around him appear to have chanted: “We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it.”

It is unclear from the video whether Parsons was among those chanting or remonstrating with a black commuter, who had been earlier pushed from a carriage.

One former schoolmate, who did not wished to be named, said Parsons and his younger brother Beno, who he believes was in the same Paris Métro carriage as Josh on Tuesday night, were well known Ukip supporters during their time at Millfield private school over a year-and-a-half ago.

The boarding school, based in Street, Somerset, charges fees of £30,000 a year.

“I was never really friends with them. The interesting thing was they were very strong Ukip supporters,” the schoolmate told the Guardian.

He said both brothers were part of a very small but “vocal” Ukip crowd at the school.

“They were … only about four or five people but they made themselves heard. They were never aggressive, they were never forcing it down your throat … but you were left with no illusions looking at their social media that they were a) Chelsea fans and b) Ukip supporters.”

He said he “despised” racism and described the actions on the film as appalling, adding that it in no way represented the views of most people at his former school.

Mitchell McCoy, a 17-year-old Chelsea fan who was also on the train, has spoken to a number of media outlets defending the incident, claiming there was no racism involved. He told LBC: “The carriage was full up, there was no room for him to get on and he tried to force himself on. He was really aggressive, pushing himself. I’d say it was self defence, pushing him off.”

Asked whether the pushing and chanting were connected, he said: “No of course it wasn’t connected. The press are trying to make something out of nothing.”

At the time of the incident, McCoy sent a number of tweets which he later deleted, including one which read: “Our captain is a racist a racist a racist and that is why we love him we love him we love him.” In replies to other tweeters, he claimed people in the video were his friends and that the fans weren’t “letting white people on either”.

McCoy was unavailable for comment.

On Wednesday, Chelsea condemned the supporters involved and said their behaviour was “abhorrent and has no place in football or society”. The club added they were supporting any criminal action against the fans involved.

The man pushed from the train gave an interview to Le Parisien, published on Thursday morning. Named only as Souleymane S, he said he “understood very well that they were targeting me because of the colour of my skin”.

He added: “These people, these English fans should be found, punished and locked up. What happened should not go unpunished.”

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Mr Parsons is a former pupil at the £30,000-a-year Millfield public school and is now an assistant at the Business and Commercial Finance Club in Mayfair.

Chelsea fans who shouted racist chants at London station sought by police. Incident in St Pancras station on Wednesday night involved fans returning from France, the day after Chelsea supporters assaulted a black man on Paris Métro: here.

Video footage has emerged of a group of men, thought to be West Ham fans, chanting anti-Semitic abuse on a train in north London: here.

Racism and football in Britain: here.

Russell Brand: Let’s kick cold profiteering out of football, along with racism: here.

A significant proportion of the 6,500 complaints made about a controversial film imagining the early days of a Ukip government were the result of an orchestrated campaign by a far-right group known for its paramilitary style actions, the Guardian has learned. Britain First, which leads “Christian patrols” through areas with high Muslim populations and has staged mosque “invasions”, encouraged supporters to sign a templated email to both Channel 4 and Ofcom to complain about Ukip: The First 100 Days.

English racist football hooligans caught on video


This video, recorded in France, says about itself:

Racist Chelsea Fans Prevent Black Man Boarding Paris Metro Train

18 February 2015

Racist Chelsea fans prevent black man boarding Paris metro train

Chelsea has announced it will ban fans filmed pushing a black metro passenger off of a train in Paris yesterday.

The sickening moment showed the fans repeatedly stopping the man boarding the train before breaking out into a racist song.

The shocking footage, published by the Guardian, was recorded in the city last night as the Blues drew 1-1 in their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain.

In it, the passenger can be seen pushed off the train as he looks to board the carriage.

Fans then break out into a chant of “We’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it”.

Chelsea condemned the actions of those involved through a statement published hours after the incident took place, saying it will issue bans to any of its fans found to have been a part of this.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Chelsea condemn fans who pushed black man off Paris Métro

• Video footage shows fans manhandling man on train before PSG game
• Supporters chant: ‘We’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it’
• Chelsea vow to ban any season-ticket holders or members involved

Chelsea have strongly condemned a group of their supporters who have been caught on video singing a racist song and preventing a black man from boarding the Paris Métro.

The footage, obtained exclusively by the Guardian, shows the man repeatedly trying to squeeze on to a busy train only to be forcefully shoved out of the door and back on to the platform at the Richelieu – Drouot station before Chelsea’s Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes. The fans on the train are then heard chanting a song that appears to be celebrating what has just happened and includes the line: “We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it” while a black woman is standing directly in front of them.

Chelsea football club urges fans to help find racists seen in Paris Métro footage: here.

See also here.

Racist Danish football scout sacked in England


This video says about itself:

18 February 2011

Racism in association football (known in the US as soccer) is the abuse of players, officials and fans because of their skin colour, nationality, religion or ethnicity. Some may be targeted (also) because of their association with an opposing team. However, there have been instances of individuals being targeted by their own fans.

By Kadeem Simmonds in Britain:

Disgraced ex-scout owns up to vile Facebook posts

Friday 16th January 2015

But Aakjaer denies the messages were racist

Disgraced Manchester United scout Torben Aakjaer yesterday admitted to posting racist messages on Facebook but insisted that he was not a racist.

Aakjaer was sacked on Wednesday night after the Guardian discovered offensive images and messages about Muslims on his Facebook account.

He used his social media account to support Denmark closing its borders and putting “extra personnel on every crossover and exit so all that eastern Europe dirt and shit can be kept out,” as well as a message of support for right-wing Dansk Folkeparti’s views on border control.

Despite initially saying he was “hacked by someone who doesn’t like me or Manchester United,” the former scout has now owned up to the messages — one a picture of six pigs with the caption: “It’s time to deploy our secret weapons against Islamists,” — blaming the media for portraying him as a racist.

He told Danish newspapers: “I do understand if people are offended by that comment (calling eastern Europeans dirt and shit,) but I think it’s just my statement to the article linked to. It’s not a racist comment. But I do understand Manchester United terminating my contract when they get it presented this way.” …

“If there was anything racist in my comments I’m sure Facebook would have deleted it or I would have been reported by people. But that has never happened.”

No, Mr Aakjaer, you certainly can not be sure about Facebook deleting that.

The British racists and Adolf Hitler admirers, National Action, have their own, undeleted, Facebook page.

So have their fellow nazis, the English Defense League.

So have yet more nazis, Britain First.

So has Marine Le Pen, fuehrer of the National Front in France.

So have the Dutch Third Reich nostalgics, the Nederlandse Volksunie.

Talking about the Netherlands: fans of Dutch xenophobic politician Geert Wilders have a Facebook page on which recently setting mosques on fire was advocated.

The Golden Dawn neo-nazis of Greece extensively use Facebook for their propaganda.

Aakjaer’s Facebook also contained a conversation with a friend about the Charlie Hebdo massacre in which his friend said that he hopes France “throws the rest of all that shit they have in their country out.”

Aakjaer replied: “Couldn’t agree more. Let’s hope other countries including our beloved Denmark follows that example efficiently.”

Asked why United had sacked him he said: “I don’t think they can live with the publicity about this. I recognise that some of my comments should have been put out better but I do stand with the things I have written.”

The Manchester club released a statement saying they had “terminated our association with Mr Aakjaer.”

South African cycling team in Tour de France, first time ever


This video says about itself:

Team MTN Qhubeka: An African Bicycle Dream Episode 1

12 April 2013

Team MTN Qhubeka are the first Pro Continental Cycling Team from Africa – this is their story. From South Africa to the rest of the world, the team have made their mark on the sport. Watch the first episode of An African Bicycle Dream here.

And this video is the sequel.

Today, the Tour De France organisers have said that Team MTN Qhubeka has been invited to participate in the race, as the first African team ever.

The Tour De France will start this year on the fourth of July in Utrecht city in the Netherlands.

One should hope that in Utrecht or in France, these cyclists won’t have the bad luck of their South African colleague Evan van der Spuy, shown in this video.

In Utrecht or in France, there is not much chance of this happening with an antelope. However, I am not that sure about dogs.

One should also hope that in Utrecht or in France, there won’t be hunters who don’t know the difference between cyclists and hares.

This video shows a report on a hunter like that.

Millions of Eric Garner justice activists blamed for suicidal loner killing two policemen


This video from the USA says about itself:

Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Team Wear I Can’t Breathe T-Shirts During Pre-Game Warmup

20 December 2014

Notre Dame’s women basketball players came out for pregame warmups Saturday wearing “I Can’t Breathe” shirts.

The Irish joined a growing list of teams wearing similar shirts in support of the family of Eric Garner, who died in July after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold while trying to arrest him.

By Sandy English in the USA:

New York City police pledge “wartime” response to killing of two officers

22 December 2014

The fatal shooting of two New York City police officers on Saturday has been followed by a series of extraordinary statements from the police union and its political allies. Charging that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has “blood on his hands,” the police are demanding a crackdown on protests and the criminalization of all opposition to police killings.

Officers Raphael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were sitting in their vehicle in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn when, shortly before 3 pm on Saturday, the apparent shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, approached the car and killed both.

Brinsley, 28, had driven from a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland to Brooklyn after shooting and wounding his former girlfriend. The young man, who was clearly mentally unbalanced and evidently suicidal, seems to have been motivated in part by the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City.

After he shot Ramos and Liu, Brinsley was pursued by police into a nearby subway station, where he killed himself.

The response of the police has bordered on mutiny. As Mayor de Blasio walked to a press conference on Saturday, dozens of police officers demonstratively turned their backs on him.

Police have issued a series of denunciations of de Blasio for having indicated some sympathy for demonstrations against police violence held in the wake of a grand jury’s decision not to charge NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Garner.

The Sergeants Benevolent Association tweeted on Saturday, “The blood of 2 executed police officers is on the hands of Mayor de Blasio.”

Patrick Lynch, the president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA), the police union, echoed these remarks while seeking to link the anti-police violence protests to the killings by a mentally unbalanced individual. “Those that incited violence on the street, under the guise of protest, that tried to tear down what New York City police officers did every day. We tried to warn—‘it must not go on, it cannot be tolerated,’” he said on Saturday.

This is nothing less than a call to attack and ban any public criticism of police abuse as an illegitimate incitement to violence.

“That blood on the hands, starts on the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor,” Lynch declared.

A twitter post by a managing editor at AOL News reproduced a memo, attributed to the PBA, declaring: “The mayor’s hands are literally dripping with our blood because of his words, actions, and policies. We have, for the first time in many years, become a ‘wartime’ police department. We will act accordingly.”

A PBA spokesman has denied that the memo came officially came from the organization.

However, these remarks were immediately endorsed by former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who declared on Fox News on Sunday: “We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police. The protests are being embraced, the protests are being encouraged. The protests, even the ones that don’t lead to violence, a lot of them lead to violence, all of them lead to a conclusion. The police are bad, the police are racist. That is completely wrong.”

In response to these fascistic statements, which reek of a police-state mentality, de Blasio released a tepid statement criticizing the “irresponsible, overheated rhetoric that angers and divides people,” while reiterating his support for the police and “the entire NYPD community.”

The pledge of a “wartime” response from the police should be taken as an ominous warning. It is yet another manifestation of the enormous power that has been built up in these state institutions and the deep decay of democratic rights in the United States, fueled by endless war abroad and immense social inequality within the country.

The police forces act more and more as independent sources of authority. They have been given the power to kill with impunity—in the case of Brown, Garner and countless others. In response to popular outrage over these killings, the ruling class has deployed its highly militarized police against demonstrations.

The police themselves work in close coordination with the military and the intelligence agencies. In response to protests in Ferguson, Democratic Party Governor Jay Nixon activated the National Guard, a branch of the Armed Forces, and declared a preemptive state of emergency.

On Saturday, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin activated the National Guard in preparation for further protests over the police killing of Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed schizophrenic black man who was shot 14 times by a Milwaukee police officer in April.

A Republican senator attributed the assassination-style killing of two NYC police officers to the protests in Ferguson, Missouri following the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Appearing on KMBZ in Kansas City on Monday, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) speculated that criticism of police tactics from his own constituents in the aftermath of the shooting may have “led to the deaths of those two officers”: here.

NYPD AND THE CHOKEHOLD “The similarities are striking. Both Anthony Baez and Eric Garner, in their final moments, were put into chokeholds by officers from the New York City Police Department. Both of the cops involved were white, while Baez and Garner were minorities and unarmed. Both men’s deaths set off protests across the city, their names added to a long list of black and Latino men who have died in altercations with police. But Francis Livoti, the officer who killed Baez, ultimately spent seven years in a federal prison. In December, a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death.” [HuffPost]