Shouting ‘pikey’ is not racial abuse.

Posted: March 6, 2010 in Broken Britain

IlieA football fan who shouted “pikey” at a Gillingham player has been cleared of racial abuse.

Millwall supporter Gary O’Neill was arrested and led away in handcuffs during his team’s 2-0 defeat at Priestfield last September.

As a player fell, Mr O’Neill had shouted “get up you pikey”. The 49-year-old kitchen fitter, who once played for the Gillingham youth team, then began a five-month battle to clear his name.

Medway magistrates threw out the case after hearing that for years some Gills fans have referred to themselves as “the pikey army” or “pure pikey”.

Mr O’Neill’s solicitor produced a T-shirt bearing the slogan “Gillingham – Pure Pikey”.

Police naturally defended the decision to charge him, well it’s only taxpayers’ money wasted.

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Comments
  1. You might have hoped that the police would have something more worthwhile to do………..but then we do live in hope!

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