Red card for football racism
Whenever you watch a televised football match you see things from a different perspective to the fans at the game. For a start, the angles are different and you find yourself gazing at close-ups of the crowd. Corners and throw-ins are alarming because you see the full aggression and hatred of individuals in the crowd directed at opposing players, managers and coaching staff. But you do not see many individuals dragged from the crowd. We have seen it again with vile racist abuse from an Aberdeen FC fan towards a Celtic player in the Dons-Celtic final. The video is shocking and has been condemned by Derek McInnes and defender Shay Logan. Hopefully, the offender will be unmasked as an example to others, but the depressing thing is that he is just one of many fans at many clubs who do the same thing at every match with apparent impunity. It is a stain on the game. Of course fans let off steam and passions run high. We can turn a blind eye most of the time, but not when it crosses the line.