FRUSTRATION should be the least of my feelings when another allegation is made of racism in football.
They don’t come much higher profile than one against a man who is the captain of England.
John Terry has denied using any racist language to Anton Ferdinand in last Sunday’s game at QPR, a stance he is perfectly entitled to take.
This is what creates some of my frustration.
When was the last time you saw someone accused of making a racist comment and they admitted it?
Okay, you might throw at me the case of Reading’s John Mackie who admitted making a remark to Sheffield United’s Carl Asaba back in 2003.
But that is a rarity.
Better for it never to happen but, from the sidelines, the case appears to be black and white if you’ll pardon the phrase.
Either somebody said it or they didn’t. Someone is telling the truth. Someone isn’t. Can’t both be right, can they?
The Ferdinand-Terry case isn’t the only one right now. In Spain, Cesc Fabregas has been accused of a remark to Seville’s Freddie Kanoute, the former West Ham man.
Guess what? Fabregas has denied it. Perfectly entitled to. But I’m just left wondering - what is the real truth?
Recently we had Patrice Evra making accusations against Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. No admittance, only denials.
The QPR matter arose after footage of Terry mouthing some words was posted on the internet. There’s no hiding place for footballers nowadays when you’ve got expert lip-readers out there.
We may think it is one man’s word against the other, which is always difficult when you want to find out what exactly did happen and make it stick. But one assumes there were other players in the vicinity of the alleged remark.
So who heard what and who didn’t hear a thing?
Who won’t be backing his teammate in whatever manner?
The outcome of the investigations into this case will be eagerly awaited. Won’t somebody be left red-faced?
Get ready for the 25th anniversary pieces on Sir Alex Ferguson.
It is a quarter of a century ago that he came down from Aberdeen to take over and create his dynasty at Manchester United (or Mansh United as some radio commentators make it sound like).
Don’t know why it should be but I’ve always had one of those “remember where I was” moments.
On the Saturday of Ferguson’s first game in charge (at 2-0 defeat at Oxford), I was driving over to Blackpool to cover a Millers game there.
Ferguson was interviewed on the radio and I remarked to a colleague... “this bloke will sort Manchester United out.”
They needed sorting out. They were three off bottom in the top flight.
And the manager he replaced? Ron Atkinson.
One name amongst the suggestions for Rotherham United’s new stadium is New York.
Strange as it seems there is a double connection, firstly because the area of land at the old Guest and Chrimes site is called New York.
And in the real New York, they still have the Victorian cast-iron fire hydrants invented and made at that same Guest and Chrimes foundry.
So, what an iconic name that would be for what the Millers chairman says will be an an iconic stadium.
Go for it!