Views on the News: Racism & Football

Name calling, tweeting and sharing on Facebook can now get you locked up especially if its football related and involves an ‘ethnic qualifier’. Why, young volunteers ask, is football in the frame?  Is this what racism is today-bad language? Are we so sensitive we can’t cope with a few insults and need protection by a state which still deports migrants? In this report, intercut with the infamous John Terry case and more, Dr Stuart Waiton answers a plethora of thought provoking questions and puts more than the case for unfettered free speech on the terraces, on the pitch and beyond. Stuart Waiton’s new book: Snobs’ Law: Criminalising Football Fans In An Age Of Intolerance will be launched at the Battle of Ideas Festival in October and is available on Amazon here.

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