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Football under the racist spotlight

Why dont we just ban white people from playing and watching football? They obviously cant be trusted not to be racist


England in race storm No2

Stand-in boss Pearce ‘abused Paul Ince’

Caretaker manager ... Stuart Pearce 

Caretaker manager … Stuart Pearce
Published: Today at 00:11

THE England football team was plunged into a new racism storm last night after Stuart Pearce was named as caretaker manager following Fabio Capello’s resignation.

Pearce, 49, had to apologise to black star Paul Ince for allegedly racially abusing him when both were players.

The incident bears striking similarities to the racist rant charge facing John Terry, stripped of the England captaincy pending his court case.

The Football Association’s decision to remove the armband from Terry led to Capello quitting on Wednesday.

Pearce, playing for Nottingham Forest, allegedly made the comments to Manchester United’s Ince – an England colleague – during a Premier League game at Old Trafford in 1994.


Flashpoint ... Paul Ince and Stuart Pearce clash 

Flashpoint … Paul Ince and Stuart Pearce clash

Mark Tattersall / The Sun


It prompted the Professional Footballers’ Association – running an anti-racism campaign at the time – to intervene.

PFA chief Gordon Taylor said then: “Stuart will be ringing Paul to apologise.

“Stuart regrets what he said. It was in the heat of the moment. He wants to make sure everybody knows he is sorry.”


Stuart Pearce ... as player 

Stuart Pearce … as player

It is also known Pearce’s brother Dennis is a member of the ultra-Right British National Party, for whom he has stood as a Parliamentary candidate. Pearce, who will take charge of England for the friendly against Holland on February 29, has made it clear he does not share Dennis’s politics.

England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce’s alleged race row is a further embarrassment to the FA, whose spokesman Adrian Bevington refused to comment. Chairman David Bernstein called Pearce a “first-class” caretaker and did not rule out a permanent post.





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