Last October Celtic trailed by three goals at half-time away to Kilmarnock. Neil Lennon was 45 minutes away from being sacked from his dream job. Two goals from Anthony Stokes and the equalizer from Charlie Mulgrew secured Celtic an unexpected draw, saved Lennon his job, and set the club on the road to the league title. Lennon and his young Celtic side have gone from strength to strength since that game and, with the win against Barcelona, are now on the verge of qualifying for the knockout stage of the Champions League. No manager deserves more success than Lennon who has endured a campaign of hatred against him in his time at Celtic.
Former Everton player, Michael Branch, was convicted of dealing drugs and sentenced to seven years in prison. Why a player who made a fortune for the Toffees had to deal in drugs is a question only he can answer. His story should serve as a warning to today's superstars that no matter how much money they earn it can all be lost if they don’t plan for the years after their careers. The sad fact is that Branch is not the first former player to fall afoul of the law and he certainly won't be the last.
The Society of Black Lawyers has threatened to lodge a formal complaint to police if Tottenham Hotspur Football Club does not stop its fans from singing songs or waving banners that use the word Yid or Yiddo. The SBL consider the words to be racist and anti-Semitic. Spurs have a long standing tradition of drawing support from London's Jewish community which has led to their fans using “Yid” as a term of endearment and according to a club statement “as a defence mechanism” against the anti-Semitism of fans of rival clubs. Some fans of Chelsea and West Ham in particular are known to hiss and sing songs like "Spurs are on their way to Belsen", in reference to the gas chambers used by the Germans to exterminate the Jews in World War II. It is therefore quite ironic that the fans of a club with a strong Jewish support, who embrace their Jewish connections, should somehow be charged with racist chanting, while the scum fans of other clubs who hiss and make Nazi salutes avoid prosecution.