Football slurs

THE use of racist and bigoted language by football club directors and managers should surprise nobody.

Many older readers will recall Bob Lord, the-then Burnley chairman, who argued that football administrators had to stand up against a move to get soccer on the cheap "by the Jews who run television".

What is not so well known is the remark made by Bert Pelham, the Southport secretary-manager at the club's annual meeting in June, 1932, when commenting on players' wage demands.

He said: "I say it with all respect, but professional footballers want their pound of flesh.

"They have Scotsmen and Jews beaten to a frazzle when it comes to striking a bargain."

When it comes to dealing with antisemitism, football has largely stood still over the past 80 years.

Michael Braham,
Southport Football Club.

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