Richard Littlejohn in the Mail has highlighted the extraordinary revelation that the Premier League’s ‘Stadium Stasi’ has snooped on and banned a gender critical lesbian for her political beliefs. Here’s an excerpt.
We have become wearily accustomed to professional football’s nauseating and hypocritical embrace of woke causes to disguise its own amorality and venality.
Rainbow laces, taking the knee to Black Lives Matter, the ludicrous pretence that the women’s game, however laudable, is somehow the equal of the Premier League.
It would be easy to dismiss this insincere grandstanding as mere window dressing. But the case of Newcastle United fan Linzi Smith has exposed the sinister underbelly of our morally corrupt national game.
You might have thought that Ms. Smith was the kind of supporter who would be welcomed with open arms, a poster girl for the enlightened face of modern football.
She’s an out-and-proud lesbian, who campaigns for gay, bisexual and women’s rights. But in common with other prominent lesbians and feminists she excludes the ‘T’ from the Alphabetti Spaghetti soup of the LGBTQUERTY+ buffet.
Ms. Smith doesn’t believe that people with penises are women. And she hasn’t been afraid to say so on social media, frequently posting: “Transwomen are men.”
For that, she has been banned from attending Newcastle’s home games for the next two and a half years for breaching the club’s ‘diversity’ policy.
It would be shocking enough if the story stopped there. But it gets worse. Ms Smith has been subjected to a humiliating and terrifying ordeal at the hands of a secretive ‘Stasi’ intelligence unit operated by the Premier League.
Where do they get the authority to investigate The Lives Of Others?
The story began when one anonymous individual complained to Newcastle United (NUFC) about Ms. Smith’s ‘transphobic’ Twitter account. The club immediately suspended her membership and referred the complaint to the police and the Premier League.
As if the Old Bill haven’t got anything better to do, officers interviewed her under caution about a possible ‘hate crime’, before taking just two hours to decide no offence had been committed.
That wasn’t good enough for the Premier League. The case was passed to a unit set up to monitor violent football hooligans hell-bent on causing trouble at home and abroad.
Investigators spent four months compiling an 11-page ‘Target Profile’ on Ms Smith. For once, the ‘Stasi’ analogy is no exaggeration.
They didn’t just trawl through her social media posts. She was followed like a common criminal.
Ms Smith has obtained a dossier which shows Google images recording where she lives, where she went, and at what time. There are even photos of her walking her dog.
Littlejohn skewers NUFC’s bosses for their claim that Smith’s social media tweets contradicted their “values”. What ‘values’, he scoffs? “Newcastle United is now a majority owned subsidiary of Saudi Arabia, where being gay or trans is a criminal offence, which theoretically carries a death sentence. So the idea that the club is outraged because a lesbian fan believes that ‘transwomen are men’ is preposterous, beyond satire.”
Worth reading in full.