Pearce 'abused Paul Ince'

2012-02-10 10:13

Cape Town - The England football team was plunged into a new racism storm on Thursday night after Stuart Pearce was named as caretaker manager following Fabio Capello's resignation, according to a report in The Sun.

Pearce, 49, had to apologise to Paul Ince for allegedly racially abusing him when both were players. The incident bears striking similarities to the racist rant charge facing John Terry, stripped of the England captaincy pending his court case.

The Football Association's decision to remove the armband from Terry led to Capello quitting on Wednesday.

Pearce, playing for Nottingham Forest, allegedly made the comments to Manchester United's Ince - an England colleague - during a Premier League game at Old Trafford in 1994.

It prompted the Professional Footballers' Association - running an anti-racism campaign at the time - to intervene. PFA chief Gordon Taylor said then: "Stuart will be ringing Paul to apologise.

"Stuart regrets what he said. It was in the heat of the moment. He wants to make sure everybody knows he is sorry."

England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce's alleged race row is a further embarrassment to the FA, whose spokesperson Adrian Bevington refused to comment. Chairman David Bernstein called Pearce a "first-class" caretaker and did not rule out a permanent post.


  • Bob - 2012-02-10 10:22

    For crying out loud, this happened 18 frikken years ago, the media just never ceases to amaze me with the dirt they dig up, absolutely pathetic.

      grantybobbins - 2012-02-10 10:43

      Agree with you totally @BOB

      Meshack Letswalo - 2012-02-10 10:58

      At this rate there will be nobody to play or coach football. Hands up any white person who has never racially abused a black person. Sooner or later we'll hear about Rooney teasing black children when he was at kindergarten.

      Lu - 2012-02-10 11:23

      Meshack true that. I think what happened in the past should be forgetten and are not relevant here. Is media suggesting that John Terry is his lifetime he should nt coach because he racially abused Ferdinand.Otherwise if that will be the case then this world might be ruled in Africa because we do not know such thing as racism rather we have tribalism

      Letlisa - 2012-02-10 11:30

      its absolutely dirty to racially abusing others whether black or white

      Dawood - 2012-02-10 12:12

      once a racist pig, always a racist pig--like u Bob

      Lunga - 2012-02-10 12:20

      Context... do you understand what "context" is? Lord!!!

      stuart.bigmore - 2012-02-10 12:54

      YOUR RIGHT ON......for goodness sake the sun of all newsapers...............sales must be down so lets create a drama just for the papers sold, pierce hasnt even started and the dogs are at the door, shouldnt we be glad that its an englishman in charge and just keep our mouths shut!!

  • Dmitri - 2012-02-10 10:46

    Well, the way things are going now, England have a few choices: 1. Go without a coach - thereby having excuses for their performance 2. Appoint a black coach. 3. Appoint a black and white coach who share responsibilities. 4. Appoint a white coach... oh hang on - my bad.....

  • johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2012-02-10 10:51

    And people thought SA was bad with apartheid and racism, yes we were, but don't think these "first world" countries should be looked over, they are worse

      Lu - 2012-02-10 11:25

      Johan why is white ppl in most cases dont like black and end up leading to racism. aint we all humans *Just wondering*

      Letlisa - 2012-02-10 11:27

      even myself i thought so but then i have changed my perception

  • bradley.kallend - 2012-02-10 10:53

    Why is it that racial abuse is only white on black. Ive never heard of a white person complaining about racial slurrs. Is it only white people abusing black people. comments

      Charles - 2012-02-10 10:59

      Thing is in most instances its white mentality to undermine blacks, so most racial slurs are probably started by whites. There may be very rare circumstances where a black person may have started a racial slur. What do u think?

      Letlisa - 2012-02-10 11:26

      yes sir. just imagine if i were to racially abuse a white person, what would i say? would go away you snow make you angry? i have noticed that in south africa, black people call the white ones "pale pigs"

      Letlisa - 2012-02-10 11:26

      yes sir. just imagine if i were to racially abuse a white person, what would i say? would go away you snow make you angry? i have noticed that in south africa, black people call the white ones "pale pigs"

      Lu - 2012-02-10 11:28

      I agree with u, i m black but often u will hear abt white person abusing blacks. I think it is more of white ppl refusing to accept blacks because history told us white r used to mentality of undermining blacks. Unfortunately here in SA racism was once a serious nightmare although we are still strongly in it.

  • Fran - 2012-02-10 10:59

    No Bob is not pathetic at all, is a fact. The Leopard doesn't change its spots. Racism has ruined the world if you can look around you or just look deep inside you and you will find the real reason why you are speaking the way that you do. Your passed will always follow you, one way or the other.

      mikedek - 2012-02-10 11:34

      Trust that it will also apply to Malema, who has the ability to racially insult the whites.

      Bob - 2012-02-10 11:57

      Fran, you sound like someone with a rather large chip on your shoulder, so what shall we do just shoot any white man that has ever said anything racial towards a black man, and while we are at it we should shoot any black man that has said anything racist against a white man, the truth is in general we have different points of view and different cultures, we generally don't mix well, that is not racist it's just a fact.

  • rick.borrett - 2012-02-10 11:00

    If you pay me over R 1 m a week you can call me what you like, just pay me. This PC rubbish is just rich overpaid children screaming for attention and causing trouble. You can call them an idiot but not a back, coloured or green idiot. It is beyond belief

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-02-10 11:05

    If you dont know an African language excl afrikaans you will never know when you are being racially abused , because you dont know what is being said to you , ignorance is bliss

      ludger.machele - 2012-02-11 11:20

      good point Michael, that's why I encourage white people to learn at least two African languages. You won't believe how many race cards will be pulled . . . .

  • Letlisa - 2012-02-10 11:26

    once a racist always a racist no matter how sorry you are and the time you did commit it.

  • Anthony - 2012-02-10 11:35

    What a load of bull. I had better find that taxi driver I swore at last week and apologise

  • Ethel - 2012-02-10 11:38

    I was at this match, and it's always remained in my memory. We didn't know what had happened, but Ince frogmarched Pearce over to the referee and insisted on being heard. We didn't know the details until reading it in the papers the following day.

  • aidan.w.naude - 2012-02-10 11:54

    Listen guys - this is a sports forum , Leopards changing spots , racism is rife in SA more the other way round - Appartheid in reverse , seems all you fine with how the country is been run so best not throw stones in glass houses.We all have made mistakes.

  • michael.e.bowery - 2012-02-10 12:08

    Was it just a rumour that Stanley Mathews when he was alive, once said something about Ella Fitzgerald. :) : ) Isn't it about time the media and Fifa gave it a res,t and got on with soccer instead of pandering to eighty thousand Pound a week prima donnas?

  • Jody - 2012-02-10 12:11

    Alwayes the racial card????????????????????? Get over it.

      Dawood - 2012-02-10 12:18

      Jody, u probably live in a cocoon somewhere in ventersdorp..wake up to reality..if the caucasian race is instilled with racial prejudice frm a young age,then this will never end...wen the term "honkies" or "rednecks" is used,then ur fellow brethren around the world are quick to jump...hopefully u and them are placed in situations of the same sought and realise what the racial card really means

      brendonml - 2012-02-10 18:33

      @ Dawood, you can call me a redneck or honkie all day, it aint gonna bother me, because God gave me a choice - 'be upset or dont be upset' Its up to you!

  • oj.masango - 2012-02-10 12:47

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone

  • fboto - 2012-02-10 13:23

    It's no so much a case of the media digging out dirty stuff, as it is the FA applying double standards. Six months or 18 years, make no difference to the seriousness of a racist statement (assuming that J Terry is guilty, of course, which is still to be proven).

  • Charles - 2012-02-10 18:42

    English people are all racists. well, not precisely all of them, but every white english person has it deep rooted in them. they can cover it up all they want. at least john terry and stuart pearce are honest about it.

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  • Anthony - 2012-03-09 22:27

    Bob, while agree that this incident ocurred ages ago, I think an apology is appropriate. What i fail to understand is the timing of it. Did Pierce apologize at the time of the incident? and if not then I really question his contrition behind an apology now and the real meaning of it. Tony

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