Neil Lennon presented Scotland with some uncomfortable home truths today and confirmed that racism isn’t a west coast problem as many would like to portray it.
The follow up to being struck by a coin thrown by a Hearts supporter has left the Irishman as shaken as the incident itself.
“There’s an effigy outside Tynecastle saying ‘hang Neil Lennon’- that was before the game. Did I bring that on myself?”@HibernianFC head coach Neil Lennon hits back strongly at comments he is to blame for incidents at the Edinburgh Derby. https://t.co/0aPKsRWBvN
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) November 2, 2018
Mainstream outlets such as Radio Scotland and STV have provided ‘characters’ as diverse as Les Gray and Gary Caldwell to provide the racists with a justification for their actions
You call it sectarianism here in Scotland, I call it racism. If a black man is abused, you are not just abusing the colour of his skin, you are abusing his culture, his heritage, his background.
Apart from turning up for photo opportunities and patting themselves on the back for endorsing various anti-racism campaigns the Scottish football authorities have done nothing to deal with racism in a hands-on fashion.
In 2006 UEFA outlawed the Rangers fans favourite ‘The Billy Boys’ which celebrates and glories in the death of Catholics.
The SFA had never attempted to deal with that issue, the song is heard at every Sevco away match including at Hampden as recently as last Sunday without any comment or action from the football authorities.