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Soccer

Hey, Liverpool Staff: You Can’t Say The Following Slurs, Ever


Paula Deen Crying RacistLast year, Liverpool striker Luis Suárez was (rightly) criticized for racial abuse of Patrice Evra, and Liverpool was (rightly) criticized for handling the situation poorly.

This year, Liverpool is trying to get their act together, and they’ve issued a list of banned words for employees. It comes from the right place, but it’s a bit odd.

So, what are the words?

Liverpool Staff Banned Words

Welp, no complaints there. It’s a bit sad that this needs to be done, but I suppose it’s a good thing that it’s happening.

The guide, part of a wider education programme run by the club, details terms that employees should deem offensive under the headings of race/religion, sexual orientation, gender and disability. Most are self-explanatory and the guide advises that it is “important to understand the context of what’s being said”, as in the use, under gender for example, of “princess” or “don’t be a woman” on the Anfield terraces next season.

Liverpool’s list of what is “usually offensive and the club considers unacceptable” has been given to all full-time and casual members of staff who have contact with the public on matchdays or on a daily basis…

The guide has not been issued to Liverpool players because they, along with players at all Premier League and Football League clubs, receive separate guidance from the Football Association.

Sadly, the guide hasn’t been issued to ESPN, either.

[The Guardian]

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  • Jared

    Where is “Sand in the Vagina” on this list…

  • wheelybin

    you cannot ban words from language, there is no one and nothing that can stop anyone saying any of these words, impossible to police, especially when you have thousands of people singing songs, why are we trying to turn our football stadiums into churches?

  • Ted Tidwell

    Yeah, the soccer hooligans waving broken beer bottles and road flares are less threatening to the sporting environment than bigoted name calling by the players on the field….that was sarcasm fyi.


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