Martin, one of the many regular commenters to whom I am indebted for their attention to the site and their thoughtful and thought-provoking comments, wrote a few days ago about Mr Green’s reference to Mr Ahmad. Martin picked up on the issues raised by Mr Green’s comments before there was any real publicity about them.
I therefore reproduce his comment below, followed by the Notice of Complaint issued yesterday (Wednesday) by the SFA and finally Mr Green’s apology from the Rangers official website. It is good to see that Mr Green has unreservedly apologised at the very first opportunity he had to do so after disciplinary procedures were started against him.
Martin, the floor is yours…
The ability of Charles Green to rally support among the Rangers faithful has produced results. Season tickets and shares have sold like hot pies on a cold afternoon.
The big guy from Yorkshire with his plain speaking was always going to be appealing to those who wanted simple answers to complicated questions. And he garnered an already willing support in droves.
The value of plain speaking is that it hides nothing, it is simple and transparent.
It is as a consequence revealing.
The question for anyone who read Charles Greens latest statements is how the words “Paki” and “Darkie” should be interpreted.
These are words which people of my generation understand all too well, we used them as children. Even as children we knew the purpose of these words was to inflict hurt and to marginalise. We used them anyway, being part of the society around us, fitting in with the group, easily won over any wider concern in our young minds.
Fortunately many of us in adolescence or later broke free from this and learned the error of our ways.
Today we view words like “Paki” and “Darkie” as something belonging to a time capsule from the 1970s, one that should be left buried.
Charles Green may have chosen an indirect way of using these words, but he used them none the less. If we are to believe him he continues to use the word “Paki” in reference to his friend.
There is no record of how his friend feels about this, but even if he is happy with it or at least ambivalent, it remains inexcusable.
There are those who wrongly claim that the word “Paki” is simply short for Pakistani in the same way that Scot is short for Scottish.
They could not be more wrong.
The shortened form of the word “Scottish” is part of our culture, it’s in our songs and forms part of the way we see ourselves. To say “I am a Scot” implies a pride in an understood heritage.
The word “Paki” is not one which has a heritage within Pakistan; it is a word which was imposed upon people from that country and indeed from other countries on their arrival in the UK. It was not then nor ever intended to be a term of endearment.
Marginalising people is easy if you stick to something base; ignore culture, language, history, humanity, kinship, evolution and nationality.
People become “Pakis”, “Chinks”, “Darkies”, easily and dangerously dismissed as “other” and consequently unworthy of equality.
Of all the issues that beset the current Rangers CEO this was perhaps the least expected but it should be considered the most damning.
Posted by Martin
Yesterday the SFA issued the following to Rangers and Mr Green.
The Compliance Officer has issued the following Notice of Complaint:
Alleged Party in Breach: Charles Green (Rangers FC)
Date: On or around 6th April 2013
Disciplinary Rule(s) allegedly breached:
(1) Disciplinary Rule 66 (Bringing the game into disrepute by making comments in a media interview of an offensive and racist nature); and
(2) Disciplinary Rule 71 (Not acting in the best interests of Association Football by making comments in a media interview of an offensive and racist nature.)
Principal Hearing Date: Thursday, 25th April 2013
Mr Green has until Wednesday, 17th April 2013 to respond to the Notice of Complaint.
Rule 66: No recognised football body, club, official, Team Official or other member of Team Staff, player, referee, or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall bring the game into disrepute.
Rule 71: A recognised football body, club, official, Team Official, other member of Team Staff, player or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall, at all times, act in the best interests of Association Football. Furthermore such person or body shall not act in any manner which is improper or use any one, or a combination of, violent conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive or indecent or insulting words or behaviour.
And Mr Green has now issued one of his encyclicals:-
Rangers Chief Executive Charles Green tonight released the following statement:
He commented: “I apologise unreservedly if any offence has been taken by my remark. I was actually trying to make the point, albeit clumsily, that I am not a racist.
“Imran Ahmad is a close friend and business associate and I would certainly have no cause or wish to offend him.”
I think some of Mr Green’s most recent utterances, including the above, deserve a bit more analysis.
So you will find it …
ON THIS SITE…
(it never gets old, does it) 🙂