The Press, both tv and newspaper were all falling over themselves in the effort to portray the "potential for massive racial violence" during Euro 2012. They'd spend whole segments with talking-heads going on about how hosting it in an Eastern Bloc country would be the end of life itself. It's all you'd hear, day in, day out.
What happened? NOTHING.
It went off with barely a hitch. So all these newspaper and TV news show reporters were all left standing around looking mightily foolish. Best back-peddle asap and blame UK footballers! Reputation saved! SEE! We said
there'd be racism, and by God there WAS
racism!!! Called it!!! We win!!
So yeah, a stupid comment by a clueless player gets blown so far out of proportion (by the same media, see? See?) that he's now as popular as a Pre-2006 Saddam Hussein. As usual when the Press goes for scapegoats the actual person being scapegoated isn't usually the real problem.
He's just a very convenient tool. And he is a tool. A big tool. Oh, what a mighty tool John Terry is!
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