As we all know, Rangers players are under investigation from the police over a video of alleged sectarian slurs being spewed by those in the film during title day.
Anti-Catholic racism has no place in society, of course it doesn’t – but neither does ‘prod bashing’ or terrorist glorification and literally nothing ever gets done about either of these.
So we can see there’s a consistency issue – by no means are we dismissing the offence from our end, if we have committed it, but we’d like to see an even playing field for all and not just our offences being taken to task by the authorities
But that consistency is never there and that’s what we have a huge concern about.
Even more importantly, there’s a deep issue here – if this video was indeed doctored, as many seem to think it was, then that is the most troubling part of it.
Someone willingly went to the trouble of digitally altering a private party, then leaked that onto social media, unconcerned about the potential defamation of character and the legal implications of what they were doing.
Someone went to extreme lengths to manipulate a video and potentially get professional footballers into serious trouble.
This, my friends, is deeply concerning – people have gone to jail for these ‘hate’ crimes, and it’s a criminal offence.
The intent, if this video is fake, is some of the mostly deeply worrying psychology out there, that someone is trying to get Rangers players in serious life-changing trouble ‘just for a laugh’.
Would you want on your conscience getting a Celtic player jailed just because you wanted to paint them as a bigot?
Maybe some would. We can’t say we would.
But then, maybe, maybe the video is real.