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Football stewards “will wear headcams” to prevent homophobic abuse

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  1. Good to see a proactive response by a Premiership club to trying to resolve the problem of racist, offensive or homophobic chanting and abuse.

    Excellent to see they intend to have zero tolerance, and they are prepared to deploy evidence gathering measures.

    1. Spanner1960 22 Dec 2011, 4:32pm

      *shakes his head in disbelief*

      1. *shakes head in disbelief that someone does not welcome measures to combat abuse and discrimination*

        1. Spanner1960 23 Dec 2011, 8:50am

          I welcome the measures, just not the method.
          Is it seriously necessary to encumber footballers with bloody cameras just because of some name-calling? I thought these things had referees, linesmen and stewards?

          1. this is not footballers wearing the cameras … its football club stewards ….

  2. Finally they act! For too long some people have thought they could get away with shouting things in a crowd that they would never get away with in the street. You dont find anything like that level of abuse at Rugby matches- Ive heard all sorts- but to be fair it does vary by club. Taken much too long though better late than never.

  3. That’s a really good idea. They already have Kick Out Racism and Respect so why not add something to try and erradicate homophobia as well.

  4. Does “C’mon ya big gay ya, kick it long” count as homophobic chanting/abuse? If it does, then I as a proud gay man, would frown.

  5. Pastor Rich N. Fat 22 Dec 2011, 3:03pm

    Great idea, they should issue them to all gay people leaving central London venues at the weekend too.

  6. Spanner1960 22 Dec 2011, 4:31pm

    This is getting daft.
    Why not fit them with earplugs instead?
    Nah-nah-na-h-I-can’t-hear-you-nah-nah-nah!

    1. Not all of us are happy or feel it is appropriate to hear homophobic or racist behaviour – you may … fortunately some of us seek a world where people are respected and responsibility is shown …

      1. Spanner1960 23 Dec 2011, 8:52am

        I don’t feel it is appropriate, but adding ‘Big Brother is watching you’ tactics is not the solution either. Bigotry will never be eliminated, it is part of the human condition; all one can do is try to educate those intelligent enough the error of their ways.

        1. I’m not sure I agree. While you’re right that prejudice will never be wholly eradicated, being caught out and recorded when giving expression to it does actually act as a deterrent to a lot of people, specially when there are legal consequences. Overt racism has been modified to some extent – few today use the N-word (I can’t even type it here) in public after all.

  7. Great idea, all LGBT people need to wear Headcams to record proof of homophobic abuse to use in a court of law so when they sue the people who are attacking them. Where can we get them?

    1. and mess my hair up! no thanks!

    2. GingerlyColors 23 Dec 2011, 6:34am

      I see that many cyclists have started wearing headcams so they can sue dangerous motorists who do not look out for them when manoevouring. Where do we draw the line?

      1. Spanner1960 23 Dec 2011, 8:53am

        Probably at the point where they belt through red lights, narrowly miss kids and pensioners whilst riding on the pavement and blatantly ignore any road sense.

        1. GingerlyColors 23 Dec 2011, 2:14pm

          Is that the cars or the bicycles. If a car hits a bicycle who comes off worse? The trouble with cyclists is you cannot hear them coming. You should go to Amsterdam (with it’s excellent gay scene) where you have to have your wits about you. I must admit I have had one or two near-misses with some of the numerous cyclists in that city.

          1. Spanner1960 28 Dec 2011, 3:49pm

            Since when did cars drive on the pavement? Or is it that bad in some places? Sorry, but many cyclists bemoan all the traffic, yet don’t give a toss about pedestrians or other road users and think they are beholden to their own rules of the road.

  8. It is about time technology was used to stamp out abuse. Hopefully this will spread to all sports. At the least it will stop homophobic, racist and other forms of abuse by players.
    When this happens it will filter down to fans as well.
    Good to see people in this sport rated by Stonewall survey as the most unfriendly sport to gays taking action to change that.

  9. No pun intended, really, but this is the gayest thing I’ve ever heard of. George Orwell gets more and more prophetic everyday.

  10. GingerlyColors 23 Dec 2011, 6:36am

    Let’s kick homophobia out of football!
    And I hope that there is no anti-semitic chanting aimed towards the Tottenham lot either – the Spurs do have a large Jewish following.

    1. David Millar 25 Dec 2011, 8:06pm

      As ever, the barrier has been set high – no one will believe homophobic abuse unless its recorded….videod…played back…

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