Newcastle United A Force For Good
During a recent game, myself and my companion counted six different nationalities in the team and in the city that can host as many as more than one hundred nationalities at any one time (as I found out from recent research), then this is a wonderful reflection of our culture.
It should also be noted that some of the highest profile players are black players whose religion is Islam and who display this religious belief in their goal celebrations to the delight of all. Furthermore, I was recently told by a young white supporter from the East End of the city that the patchy early season form of both Cisse and Ba was down to fasting for Ramadan…something he learned not from school nor from his parents…. he had learned this through watching football.
All too often our national sport becomes the whipping boy for all that is wrong in society and there are many who are prepared to jump on the bandwagon both in the sphere of politics and elsewhere to add their criticism.
However, I would like to draw attention to the many positives that both the beautiful game itself, and our local club, bring to the wonderful city of Newcastle and I hope that we can celebrate these in the future.
(Rob is Labour Councillor for Benwell-Scotswood ward as well as a big Newcastle fan – send your letters/articles for the website/magazine to [email protected])
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