Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham has not made it all the way to the full England national football team because his face – or his name – fits.
In a modern world in which racial discrimination is still a very real issue, the hugely talented 22-year-old Chelsea forward will have overcome a multitude of obstacles to make it to the pinnacle of his sport.
But on Friday evening Tammy Abraham, as he is better known, is prepared to put his reputation and international future on the line by leading England off the pitch should someone in the crowd chant about the colour of his skin.
Welcome to the muddled, politically correct and immature world of football in Britain.
I would be much more sympathetic to the point of view of Abraham and all those who are already blindly saying ‘well done’ in advance should the football pitch be an abuse-free zone.
But that is clearly not the case.
Week in, week out whenever Abraham and other star players travel to away grounds they are subjected to mind-numbing abuse, usually for the sole reason they are likely to increase the home side’s chance of winning.
Trying to present it in a more palatable form, players often find their parentage questioned, past weaknesses and failings highlighted, and statements made suggesting they are not worthy of their transfer fees.
Some of it could roughly be classed as ‘banter’ but very little of it would stand up well if challenged in a court of law.
But all that happens almost without anyone blinking an eye.
Players take any amount of vile abuse on the chin and usually answer back by doing what they do best – scoring and/or preventing goals.
But should the abuse stray onto gender or racial issues, it’s a completely different matter.
Put in a nutshell – you can call a professional sportsman any name under the sun yet describe them either as ‘black’ or ‘gay’ and the politically correct mafia swings into action.
My point is that abuse is abuse. Simple. None of it is good and positive but whether some or any of it is a criminal offence should be questionable and judged in context.
What concerns me, too, during this week of England qualifying matches is what right we are seeking to transfer our own politically correct mania onto other countries.
It’s not the case, for example, that because we have made an almost total U-turn on gay marriage in recent years that the rest of the world feels the same. Why should they? Perhaps they should be allowed to express their own opinions?
In the height of Euro 2020 qualifying battle, Abraham could well be subjected to tackles against the Czech Republic and/or Bulgaria that cause him physical damage. Maybe a yellow card will be waved, but very little else will be said. It’s all part of the so-called beautiful game that defenders kick forwards – particularly very talented ones.
Yet, whereas stick and stones and heavy tackles may break his bones, it’s the usage of a five-letter word beginning with ‘b’ and ending in ‘k’ that would cause Abraham to leave the field and not on a stretcher but in effect waving a white flag.
England footballers need to take heed – and quickly.
Sports such as football are run by governing bodies and the individual games policed by well-respected officials.
They should be the judge of whether any fan or fans have overstepped the line and act accordingly.
Should England ruin a big sporting occasion for the sake of the abuse of a few idiots, they should be the ones facing sanctions.
I hope it doesn’t come to that. But even if the crowds are well behaved this week, it is almost inevitable that a walk-off is imminent in a big game.
In that case, football, the TV companies, the fans and the general public will be the losers.
And the only winners – the manipulators from the Tavistock Institute who invented the divisive enemy of common sense that is political correctness.
Did you like this article?
Thank you for your vote!
From our advertisers
From our advertisers