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Mikey shows his passion but balance needed

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Before I had done too much thinking before rushing out this morning I hadn’t really considered Mikey Antonio’s remarks re Zoumargate as closely as I should have done.

He argued that the domestic pet incident could hardly be compared to racism which naturally is subject close to most people’s hearts and gets more attention than most others – rightly.

However, there’s a point to be made here because the fact is there has been far more done in the area of racism than any other.

No doubt I’ll get hammered for even pointing it out but taking the knee was used by many clubs before kick-off throughout the 2020–21 English soccer season, and this one.

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We all understand and have sympathy for what Mikey said but with racism is at the centre of every game such a binary approach seems unnecessary.

We all become passionate about the things that are closest to our hearts but separate issues need to be judged separately.

So many issues…so many views. Let’s pause and reflect for a bit. The media feeding frenzy needs to end.

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5 comments on “Mikey shows his passion but balance needed

  1. Like any offence, there’s degrees of racism, eg making a comment, discrimination, physical attack. Same with offences against animals, oe anything else. So you might argue that relatively minor racial offence isn’t as bad as certain animal mistreatment. I’m not saying this as a personal opinion by the way, just making discussion.
    Also note that Zouma gets his share of abuse: I thought I heard monkey chants at Kidderminster.

  2. I’ll also be very glad when we get off of this, and politics , and return to football!
    For example, how long can we go on playing badly but still winning?

  3. Like most, don’t really want to talk about this. Nobody condones cruelty to animals. There must be punishment. Having said that, I didn’t like the idea of an MP getting the train to Scotland whilst knowingly COVID positive. Still an MP. The club is doing what it has to do.

  4. Not sure what you mean Hugh. The whole point was that Mikey Antonio had got it all wrong in comparing animal abuse to racism. No idea what the two were ever mentioned together.

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