By Chris Wright
Ex-Premier League referee and Rangers supporter Jeff Winter has had his personal website suspended after several of his blogs (posted during a Christmas trip to Australia and New Zealand) containing incredibly offensive anti-Catholic jibes were circulated by journalists including Gab Marcotti on Twitter yesterday…
The blogs, some of which date back a few weeks, contain repeated references to Catholic priests sexually abusing altar boys, the Pope and a fair few excerpts from a particularly insidious Rangers chant about former Celtic manager Jock Stein.
The theory is that the site has been hacked and the offending material inserted by inflammatory morons with nothing more constructive to offer – though there are reports that Winter may have previous. Indeed, a collection of bigoted material supposedly attributed to Winter is being collated here – though we can’t vouch for it’s validity.
There is an investigation pending and, for Winter’s sake, we pray that turns out to be the case vis-a-vis hacking. If not, may we suggest that he takes time out for a long, in-depth appraisal of the way he chooses to conduct himself.
Let’s wait for an official verdict to come in before all the unavoidable victimisation, hate-slinging, mud-raking and/or name-calling starts but it’s safe to say that, whoever’s responsible for this hate mongering, it’s all just so depressingly idiotic. So depressingly needless.