We had a lively debate on here yesterday from many founder member bloggers as well as many new ones, me included and it centred on formed Arsenal and England man Sol Campbell.
Racist and homophobic discussions will always bring debating to the fore and I don't want to carry it on, but hear me out if you will.
Sol Campbell let his contract run out at Spurs and did the worst thing you can do, he joined us, Flamini did the same to Arsenal and Ashley Cole went to Chelsea under a cloud.
All were avoidable but all of them went, Sol came to us because he was on a free and a £100k a week plus trophies did the trick, Flamini left for the same reasons plus he supported Milan as a boy, Ashley Cole was just after the money as trophies he already had, so what did we do when Ashley Cole left? We called him Cashley Twunt and accused him and other Arsenal old by Jermaine Pennant of shoving mobile phones up each others arses, he then came to the Grove and we booed him for an hour and a half, why, because he was black? Because he liked other men? No, we did it because he did the dirty on us and we hated him for it, it had nothing to do with being a racist or being homophobic, it's just what happens.
Sol Campbell can't complain and I expect if he was on the terraces, he'll be doing it.
A well known prophet named Jesus once said, 'let he who has never sinned cast the first stone' So can any of you good people say you have never said anything nasty about Cashley? I doubt it, are you rascist or homophobic? I doubt it. Hell I was in the directors box at Chelsea and did I have those banned leaflets in my Brioni jacket? Too right I did. By the way Roman, it was me who put them in the toilets!
If the FA want to stop it, dock the club points, it would be easy to gather evidence, if it happens twice dock them more points and remove them from a Cup or two, if it happens three times, relegate them, three strikes and you're out. It would stop in a heartbeat.
And finally if any of you out there are above this, I hope I never hear you slagging anyone off again on the blog.
Arsene Wenger gets called a paedophile everywhere he goes, that to me is far more abhorrent than any name calling on colour or homophobic jibes, yet not Sky nor the BBC teams say a word, two sets of rules there I say.
So when you next go to a match and disagree with a poor decision, please refrain from calling the referee a wanker, you can't draw distinctions on name calling, an insult is indeed an insult.
This post is aimed at no individual as we're all guilty of abuse in some form, so please, if it strikes a chord, talk about it, no sulking.
Except of course me, I would in fact cast that first stone!
I watched the academy team on Arsenal TV beat West Ham last night and the future does look bright, Arsenal could be fielding the entire English first team at the next world cup, now that would be interesting would it not?
Please understand that this post is neither a lecture or a rebuke, it's a point of view and one we must all address, are we are innocent or are we all guilty, you decide.
By the way no one can prove I had those leaflets and no one can prove I wasn't joking, except Dickie Attenborough and David Dein, who were in the toilet at the same time
Have a thought provoking day Grovers, I already have!