So  happy new year. Does that mean I can shake your hand and kiss your girlfriend even though we have never met before but we are in some cramped boozer that charged to get in and then we had to walk home in the fucking freezing cold because we couldn’t get a cab. Ahhhh gotta love new year. Once again it was a night in with Jools Holland for me and the usual huff at midnight the fireworks in London. Seen one firework seen them all. Lets face facts it’s still the same shit that Guy Fawkes attempted to use back in the day. Fireworks need to move onto a new level.  Come to think of it could use some of that stuff today on Cameron’s mob. *****Disclaimer that is a joke. there is no need to arrest me or sack me from my current employment. Which leads me nicely onto the first new year topic. Now first up what do you make of this ? ““I wouldn’t fancy the bed next to Gareth Thomas ” followed by the hashtag #padlockmyarse Now this was said about celeb big brother contestant Gareth Thomas (A rugby player who has come out) Well it was tweeted by a lad I know who is a semi pro footballer nearing the end of his career. To cut a long story short Lee Steele who played for Oxford City was sacked over this. There was a storm over a homophobic comment over this which was all over Twitter, at one point number two most read item on the BBC news website (Link here) on the front page of the Yahoo UK home page, on Radio 1 newsbeat and also breaking news on Sky Sports News. Judging by the majority of comments/tweets I have read on this Lee is just an ugly homophobe who Gareth Thomas wouldn’t dream of sleeping with (Hard to confirm this as Gareth is in the BB house and as yet does not know Lee) Is this the world gone mad or indeed a big step forward in the cause of stopping homophobia ? Well lets start with the facts. There was no malice or discrimination in what was tweeted. It was indeed a joke. A joke that is not to everybody’s tastes. Lets dissect this a bit more. If Alan Carr or Julian Clary had cracked this gag we would be laughing along saying oh the jolly camp joker. If Frankie Boyle or Jimmy Carr would’ve cracked the gag we would go oooohhhh and had restricted laughter with the view of that’s close to the knuckle but is funny. If Chubby Brown or Jim Davidson had cracked it we would’ve gone thats fucking outrageous. This isn’t comedy its a fucking disgrace jail the fuckers. So who is Lee Steele in all of this ? Well for a start he plays footy in a division which no offence is only a few up from where I play on a Thursday night on Liverpool college astro turf. Me and Lee played in a junior team for a bit. He was lucky enough to get picked up, progress his career and fitness going on to play in in the football league and came on as a sub at Wembley once (jammy bastard) The same scout must have missed me. I went on to lose my fitness and progress though Ladbrokes and Liverpool City Council. So why is this news. An aftershock of the Suarez case with Liverpool. Me thinks so. So why is a man who said racist language (no matter what the context its dodgy what he said) still in a job and the other on the dole ? What Lee said was a joke, Ok a joke not to everybody’s taste. I hardly think he was going around beating up gay people in the Liverpool gay quarter. At the end of the day this lad has now been labelled a homophobe and it couldn’t  be further from the truth. But mud sticks. I tweeted him back “Twitter storm eh !! Now you know how Brand/Ross felt. One mans joke is another mans insult eh. #wannaborrowapadlock” This was as it was just on the local Oxford rags web site before the shit storm kicked up. So carrying on the padlock gag does that mean I should be sacked in the morning ? What about all those nights in Garlands (When it was just an ickle gay club in the 90’s) and what about the gay people I know? Not guilty kidda. Homophobia needs addressing but not in this way.

So in other news its April 5th for the birth of Fay bambino number three. Shite thats not far away. Got the small matter of a house to gut and make ready. Oh well no need to stress everything will fall into plan. One last thought though if it’s a boy, Lee can you do us a favour and if you’re gonna give us your latest kit any chance you could take your name off the back and dye it pink. Awww fuck thats me sacked again.


Fay x x x


Edit 16.01.11 Lee’s apology http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-16568563


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  1. Complex topic this. “no malice or discrimination in what was tweeted. It was indeed a joke.” Well, a joke can be malicious or discriminatory. “No matter what the context its dodgy what [Suarez] said” – this makes less sense: the context (as John Terry will shortly argue) is everything.

    How many openly gay professional footballers in England can you name who haven’t committed suicide? Isn’t homophobia a bigger problem than racism within the sport? (And one that the FA has yet to find any senior player to stand up to?)

    I’ve followed your comments on Suarez with interest. My opinion is that he and Evra were engaged in private dialogue within which it’s expected that both said things that will transgress what is considered acceptable. If Suarez had said something that could be considered racially offensive, it was for Evra’s consumption, and his alone. That doesn’t make it alright, but it is important to understand that within that conversation, it’s generally understood that both players are going to say things to each other which are indecent. As Suarez discovered, while most of this indecency is tolerated, there is one form of indecency which is severely punished: reference to race. And all of this is separate from the nuance of it being during a dispute that Evra initiated, it being conducted in Spanish, and of the dubious nature of the accounts and weakness of evidence by which Suarez was convicted.

    Lee Steele’s tweet, on the other hand, was about as public as it could be. If I would need to think of a greater public display of homophobia, it would be Robbie Fowler’s very public taunting of Graham Le Saux, all of 13 years ago – and Le Saux isn’t even gay. Now, imagine if he had been.

    You obviously take racism very seriously and homophobia not seriously at all. It seems that any reference Suarez made to Evra’s race is, for you, unacceptable irrespective of context. But your criteria for unacceptable homophobia appears to be the unprovoked violent assault.

    I am sure you are right that the Suarez-Evra case made it all the more likely that Lee Steele would face sanction. And I’m sure you’re right, as you know him, that he meant no harm. But his public comments – and the attitudes they reflect – are far more likely to harm a minority that remains vulnerable in the sport that Suarez’ private comments to Evra, whatever they were.

  2. Sorry about the wait for moderation. Have to do it or all kinds of adverts for all kinds of strange things would be posted. There are no known gay footballers I can think of. Why ? There can be no doubt that any gay footballer would be put of by the macho dressing room culture. I think this is more a problem that is deep routed at a younger stage of a persons life when a young boy might be starting to think he might be gay and so put them off playing male team sports and take different life choices that offer easier paths. I realise that people can turn gay later on in life and indeed be bisexual. This day in age footballers are often picked up at 10 years old and more than likely in most circumstances before boys notice there true sexuality. As the boy notices his sexuality more then he will most probably drop out of the football scene and hence there are not many gay footballers at a pro level. So by my logic I dont think homophobia is a bigger problem than racism in football at pro level.

    Re Suarez I do think he did wrong. His punishment was over the top (just like Liverpool’s t-shirts and major backing of him from the club and a large majority of the fans) and I do take both racism and homophobia seriously. Everybody involved missed a trick to raise awareness of racism and educate people. It became a tribal thing (Liverpool v Manchester United) and the FA were keen to throw the book at Suarez. I only hope the F.A.Cup match passes off without incident. I know a few match going Liverpool fans who dont want to go the match to avoid the backing of Suarez etc and some of the bile that will be spouted but are going as if they dont their tickets might be taken by the Suarez is innocent t-shirt wearing masses thus defeating the object of not going. I think Terry might well get off with his case as its in a court of law. Should he get found guilty then a larger ban than Suarez (context) should be given out and he should never play for England again.

    So onto the main issue and the Lee Steele tweet. I still stand by the point of view it was a joke/gag. It wasnt as it has been turned into on Twitter and forums a statement that “Gareth Thomas is gay and therefore he is going to rape me anally” I will concede by the definition of “discriminate” you have me there. But if we are going down this route then all quotes, jokes and conversations etc against any group, class or category are a no go. This is of course political correctness gone insane. There was no malice in the tweet either but it might cause offence to Gareth Thomas and only he can tell us that. I would hope that Lee contacts Gareth Thomas and speaks to him about what has gone on. You have made a massive jump to “But your criteria for unacceptable homophobia appears to be the unprovoked violent assault.”

    We both want the same things that being the end of racism and homophobia but it seems we might not agree along the way to our goal.

    A complex and touchy subject indeed.

  3. Anton Hysén (son of Glenn and born in Liverpool) is, I believe, the only openly gay player of the world’s most popular sport – which is rather remarkable.

    Your defense of your friend Lee is admirable – you feel, it seems, that whatever he said and however offensive it may have been to many people – it was not intended that way. I think many people are defending Suarez on similar grounds.

    “But if we are going down this route then all quotes, jokes and conversations etc against any group, class or category are a no go.” – Indeed, I know one person who bravely stood up to skinheads on terraces and shouted them down for their public racial abuse (rather awkward to be around, for what it’s worth) who feels that anything Suarez said to Evra privately in the context of the game is between the two of them.

    I think this should be a good thing about sport – that it can force you to examine your own moral compass, placing you in different situations based on affiliations that you cannot change. But it’s sad that so much trouble has been caused, and so much bile stirred up, both amongst those genuinely offended and those who enjoy self-righteous indignation. Many of the latter, I suspect, would never dare shout a racist down in public.

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