In this blog's most recent QPR-related ramble, I declined to comment about the allegations of Chelsea and England Captain John Terry racially abusing our centre-half Anton Ferdinand back on October 23rd, when the Rangers grabbed a win over their west London rivals.
It is still not the business of this blog to speculate about the truth or otherwise of these allegations. It is the business of this blog, though, to respond with disgust to the (thankfully isolated) racial abuse to which Ferdinand has subsequently been subjected via Twitter.
A person apparently named Paul Brennan, apparently based in London and using the account name @brennan6666 chose to say the following: "RT this you fucking BLACK CUNT", adding, with reference to the alleged offender John Terry, "1 England captain". It seems reasonable to suppose that Mr. Brennan is a Chelsea fan, and a big fan of Terry in particular given that his Twitter bio consisted of the words "Captain, Legend, Leader. JT". I say consisted of those words because Brennan, having first made a grovelling apology to Ferdinand this morning, has deleted his Twitter account, presumably fearing the consequences of his earlier remark. My understanding is that this form of abuse does constitute a criminal offence in this country and even if the police don't take an interest, perhaps Brennan's employer would take a dim view.
While the Twitter account has gone, at time of writing, Brennan has left an electronic footprint at yfrog, the image hosting service which allows users to share their pictures and videos as links on Twitter:
I know a lot of readers of this blog are based in the west London catchment area of both Chelsea and QPR. So perhaps someone who visits this site knows Paul Brennan. Perhaps you only know him by sight and are not 100% sure of his name? If so, maybe these pictures, (grabbed from yfrog in case they also get deleted soon) will jog your memory. Do you know this man?