Well, yes, this is a problem

Meanwhile it gets odder still. Murdering Bruno, who as things stand is guilty of ordering a woman’s murder and feeding her to his dogs, wants to play football again. And soon. He’s still only 32, in his prime for a goalkeeper. He’s been training in prison. But wait. There’s a problem with Murdering Bruno returning to football. No, not mass protests, a life ban and questions in parliament. The problem is he’s not quite match fit. Just give it a few weeks, his agent says. He’s back, baby. Murdering Bruno is back.

In fact, several Brazilian clubs have already been in touch trying to secure his signature. And why not? He’s a good goalkeeper. Brazil don’t really have a settled No1 right now. The current regular is Alisson of Roma (whose older brother is also a goalkeeper, called Murial). It’s not inconceivable Bruno could be pushing for a spot in the squad six months from now, maybe even making it to Russia 2018. Who knows we might even see Murdering Bruno at Wembley, ruffling the mascot’s hair, shaking Trevor Brooking’s hand, staring with cold, flat, glazed eyes out of your TV screen while he mouths the national anthem.

Crime and punishment are always difficult, are they not?

But the crime and the punishment are for the legal and court systems to do, not the football authorities.

Would we say that a baker out on appeal for murder could not work as a baker? And why the difference if a footballer?

15 comments on “Well, yes, this is a problem

  1. Well, if the progressive Left can forgive and excuse Roman Polanski….

    But this is the thing. They demand ‘rehabilitation’ but it should never be anything that might make you rich.

  2. OT but here’s a thing. Apparently I went to school with Trevor Brooking. Not only that, but was in the same class for 4 years. But, apart from a vague memory of the name being called out on the register, I haven’t the slightest recollection of him. I can only presume, if it hadn’t been for the football, he was destined for a career in accountancy.

  3. Ah, but, you see. Apparently in SJW circles, footballers are “role models”.

    As opposed to the infuriating, exasperating idiots they (and their wives) are taken for in the rest of society.

    While we secretl,y or somewhat less so, envy them for their fame and riches, of course.

  4. Where as bakers work for a living therefore are below SJW notice. And probably voted for Brexit or Trump.

    Unless they are being disadvantaged by being denied a job as a baker because they are a quadriplegic trans-gender lesbian, of course.

    Or can be sued for refusing to make a gay wedding cake.

  5. Just keep in mind that Zygmunt Bauman was a torturer and murderer. On behalf of the world’s worst torturer and mass murderer. Against his fellow countrymen.

    The Left has showered him with honours and recognition.

    Why the f**k should anyone give the slightest credence to these people and what they think is moral?

  6. @SMFS

    I’m no fan of Bauman or other socialist idiots but is there evidence he was directly involved in torture or murder? Genuine question.

  7. “Murdering Bruno”. Strange name. Parents can’t have liked him much.

    Is this the start of a series where the Guardian replaces criminals’ Christian names with their crime? Or is it a one-off because he’s a footballer who killed a woman, thus hitting bullseye on the Guardian’s intersectional dart board with both darts?

  8. How often does it happen that when a murderer is released that he’s murdered in revenge? I’m mildly surprised that it’s not commonplace.

  9. “Would we say that a baker out on appeal for murder could not work as a baker? And why the difference if a footballer?”

    The difference is that a footballer is a kind of entertainer, and people may not want to be entertained by a convicted murderer.

    Where the balance lies is up for debate, I tend towards the ‘let him work’ end of the spectrum, but let’s not pretend there isn’t an obvious difference between a mass-produced item that happens to have been produced by a convict (or ex-con), and a product that is unique to that convict’s character and personality.

  10. If people don’t want to be entertained by a murderer they can chose not to obtain their entertainment from a murderer.

  11. “If people don’t want to be entertained by a murderer they can chose not to obtain their entertainment from a murderer.”

    The soap-watching crowd took Dirty Den to their hearts and there was no question in that case.

    Why has this twat only got one name? Is it a football fans thing? Two names is too much to remember?

    Odd also that the Guardian hack just lurves Brazil–a very dodgy place indeed–but happens to hate the town old Bruno comes from.

    The crucial question is of of his guilt. If he did it he needs feeding into a wood chipper. But with Brazilian justice who knows either way.

  12. I certainly wouldn’t want to eat a Cornish Pasty or Pork Pie baked by a murderer, especially if the victim was found dismembered!

  13. The difference is that a footballer is a kind of entertainer, and people may not want to be entertained by a convicted murderer.

    Then they can vote with their wallets (or their feet) – which makes it an issue entirely between Bruno and his prospective employer. Moreover, his employment as an entertainer will be very visible – unlike, say, a baker. The latter raises the Sweeney Todd possibility that Witchie alludes to.

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