I don’t know if it’s just me, but I found the news reports of the John Terry racist comments trial rather surreal and not a little bit sad.
The radio journalists had to be extremely circumspect when reporting the alleged comments made by both Terry and Anton Ferdinand and there was a lot of on the fly self-editing going on.
But the one word they could use without blushing or stuttering was ‘black’ – the very word on which the prosecution rests.
Apparently it is quite acceptable for players to use foul and abusive language towards each other and make gross comments about their private lives, but a line is drawn at the b-word.
It’s impossible to put myself in that position (I don’t earn £50k a week for a start) but I struggle to imagine that I’d take more offence at being called a ‘silly black sausage’ than I would a ‘stupid c***’.
But then I’m not black, nor a sensitive soul like these footballers, so what would I know.