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Sergei Rebrov offers some helpful racist advice to Roman Pavlyuchenko

Fellow Eastern European emigre warns of ‘dark-skinned people’

Sergei Rebrov

Sergio Rebrov, who contributed little except for bad feeling in return for a pay packet at Tottenham, has been kind enough to offer advice to Roman Pavlyuchenko following his arrival in North London. Yet he didn’t dispense useful tips for avoiding traffic on the north circular or let him know that an umbrella might come in handy in Blighty – his comments had a much more discriminatory tinge:

‘I wouldn’t go for a walk on my own around White Hart Lane.

‘A lot of dark skinned people live there. So naturally the crime rate is higher than anywhere else.

‘It’s not nice to be a robbery victim. So I suggest that Roman doesn’t walk but drives around that area.’

Perhaps Rebrov thinks life is much more glamorous in his hometown of Horlivka, where the decline of the mining industry has made it more depressing than listening to a Coldplay album while thinking about how much cheaper petrol was five years ago. As if this wasn’t bad enough, the Ukranian city is twinned with Barnsley.

Rebrov’s foot was jammed firmly in his mouth, so former Fulham midfielder Alexei Smertin took the reins in the article in Football Weekly magazine to warn Pavlyuchenko of the dangers that lurk south of the river:

‘Of course there are districts where Roman shouldn’t go on his own.

‘The first place that springs to mind is Croydon. It’s populated with predominantly low income folks. But I can’t see why Roman should find himself there – it’s quite far from the Tottenham area.’

As someone who spent far too many years travelling to and from Selhurst Park, I can certainly agree that Croydon isn’t as opulent and economically vibrant as some of its neighbouring boroughs, but Joey Barton hardly ever goes there, so it’s hardly the most dangerous place on Earth.

[Daily Mail]

14 responses so far
  • Honest Abe // September 10, 2008 at 9:18 am

    The dark skin bit of his comment seems a tad, well, stupid.

    Croyden’s scum come in all sizes, shapes, colours and stereotypes. Rude boy’s, Chav’s, they have them all.

  • N4 and happy there. // September 10, 2008 at 11:02 am

    For once I agree with the publishers on this site, this crap sounds like comments from the racist 70′s and shows both players ignorance towards other people. London admittedly has it’s problems, but as Abe pointed out they come in all shapes and sizes. I should know I live near WHL (and in case you’re wondering I’m Caucasian). Rebrov if you said this, you are a twit.

  • John Swaine // September 10, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Not content with merely being shit, Rebrov is also a racist.

    Who wants to bet he kicks puppies too?

  • loozegear // September 10, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Well we all know he isn’t qualified to give advice on football matters ,what a plonker!!

  • Dicksplash // September 10, 2008 at 11:57 am

    I used to feel sorry for him not getting picked. Now I hate the racist bastard, if he’s still playing hopefully some ‘dark skinned’ defender will put the little twat in recovery for the rest of the season

  • Fuzzy Dunlop // September 10, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    I personally dont think what he said is all that bad, and I dont think he is all that racist from those words. There are alot of people near WHL with dark skin, that’s fact 1 and nothing about that is racist. Secondly the crime rate in areas like that all over the world are higher. That’s not to say it’s the fault of the inhabitants, but government who let the areas rot and leave the people with a lower standard of life than “whiter areas”. It is authorities who are racist and Rebrov is just stating facts. Tottenham is a total dump, and I think it’s fair enough for him to warn a player from a similar culture to his what he should expect. Of course he’s stupid though doing so in public because these days with people forgetting what racism actually is and media just telling people to see it everywhere, it was always going to be trouble. I will not be joining the chorus of Rebrov is a racist because the newspapers headline the article as such. Dont stop thinking for yourselves.

  • N4 and happy there. // September 10, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Fuzzy Dunlop that is some weird spin you’ve put on this article, if someone says this, using this kind of language, the only thing it is IS racism. If he had NOT brought colour, or the stupid wording of ‘dark skinned’ into it, then it would have just been a comment on the area itself which has an element of truth and would have been a little negative but acceptable. So, FD perhaps you are the one who needs to think again!

  • Honest Abe // September 10, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Low employment numbers
    Poor education
    Weak Laws
    = High Crime rates.

    Skin colour and Ethnic background aren’t factors.

    An unemployed poorly educated white “chav” is just as dangerous to you as an unemployed poorly educated black “rude boy”.

  • Croydonian // September 10, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    No it isn’t racism to talk about black criminality. It’s truth-speaking. Every African society is several times more violent and rapine than European societies. Running out of the door screaming names won’t alter that one jot.

    Furthermore, it IS racism to force the native people out of London, north, south, east and west, and then call them Marxoid names when they protest (yes, “racist” was invented by Leon Trotsky, a Jewish internationalist revolutionary).

    The English should welcome Rebrov’s little burst of truth-speaking. It’s long past time we stopped being cowed into silence.

  • slinger // September 11, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    croydonian, where did you get this information about ‘every african society’ i dont think you know what you’r talking about at all.

  • the receptionist // September 11, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Croydonian – how does this statistic, from a reputable national newspaper yesterday, fit with your BNP world view?

    “Here’s a stat for you, Serhiy. Rate of people convicted of crime in Ukraine, according to latest United Nations Survey on Crime Trends:
    466.47 per 100,000 inhabitants. Comparative rate for Zambia, home to lots of dark-skinned people: 0.97 per 100,000.”

  • Jim Beam // February 6, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    the receptionist // Sep 11, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Why don’t you quote South Africa instead of Zambia? Don’t look for extremes to justify your views!

  • kay // May 1, 2009 at 6:32 am

    i agree with rebrov i live in the north london area and he is right there is ALOT of violence crimes and nearly all crimes here are committed by blacks.
    i have been mugged on three seperate occasions, so has my aunt,sister and cousins (perpetrators are nearly always blacks) and my brother was recently beaten unconscious then mugged by two somalians
    needless to say rebrov wont have to take the london buses where lots of violence occurs
    and i think those of you who are calling him ‘racist’ probably don’t even live amongst ‘dark skinned ‘people .
    and when he say’s dark skinned he means black of african-jamaican descent.

    actually come to think of it i have ONLY ever known mugging’s to be commited by anyone EXCEPT black guys.

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