There seem to be some assertions that Rafiq is deeply in debt from gambling and is largely looking for both media payments and also a potential book deal to clear them. This may be entirely untrue but I’m sure it will all come out in the wash. Whatever, the previous anti Semitic tweets accorded to him do sort of undermine his case a little. From what I can gather, much of what Rafiq terms racism results from “banter” as in fairness were his anti Semitic comments and you do have to wonder whether some of what has obviously gone on was exaggerated? I’m not though in any way trying to defend intentionally racist comments or actions but anyone who has played sport at any decent level knows that banter does get very personal sometimes bordering on acceptable, even when not involving racism. I,must admit to not really understanding a lot of what is supposed to offend, especially the Kevin label. My father was Scottish and was always referred to as Jock,my mothers side was Welsh and there were regular quips about being Welsh but none of it was taken as racism. Clearly people are more sensitive these days and what may have been acceptable previously is not acceptable now!!