Below the fold of every story regarding John Terry since he was found not guilty on Friday of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, a torrent of bile and vitriol has festered from many of those posting comments.
To wade into the murky depths of any forum on the matter meant being engulfed by negativity and hate from all sides of the debate.
The awful summer weather in Britain has led to 'fears' that the beach volleyball at London 2012 may be played without the competitors' skimpy outfits. A simple and effective solution would be to fast-track internet trolling as a replacement Olympic sport: not only would Britain excel, but it would also attract just as many proponents of the "slow fist pump" as that sport.
Times of recession and struggle always seem to bring prejudice to the fore in society, but nor have those falling over themselves to condemn Terry in spite of the verdict covered themselves in glory. If the Chelsea captain is feeling particularly litigious and fancies seeing what it's like on the other side of a court trial, he can take his pick from hundreds of people who brazenly libelled him on Twitter and message boards.
And he would have every right to do so. Terry was acquitted, fair and square, of a charge he had always denied. The burden of proof and the lack of evidence always looked likely to see the magistrate return a verdict of not guilty.
The result of the trial has led to questioning of how the case came to court in the first place. While it is fair to question how the CPS let this become a five-day trial on the strength of the evidence we have all now seen, to call it a waste of money simply because someone was found not guilty is to misunderstand the justice system. Surely someone being exonerated of a serious crime in the eyes of the law is a good thing.
If you didn't like Terry before the start of this trial, or even before the start of this whole affair, then there was little coming out of court number one to sway your opinion. If, however, you are an ardent Terry supporter - like the fan who was stood outside Westminster Magistrates' Court for the whole five days, draped in a Chelsea flag and holding a cardboard cut-out of his beloved club's captain - then your faith in him will only have strengthened.But even in being cleared, this has hardly been an emphatic victory for Terry. He admitted saying the offending three words which led to a complaint from an off-duty policeman following the 1-0 defeat at QPR last October, but not in an abusive context. When accused of saying something highly offensive, he decided to repeat that exact phrase out loud. That is rarely the wisest course of action, even if it is said in sarcastic tones as a protest of innocence.
He is also someone who, when asked by his QC to confirm the number of occasions he has been sent off in his career by repeating "say please, four times?", responded with "please, please, please, please".
He may yet have to go through it all again if the FA decide to open their own disciplinary proceedings against him, albeit in less public circumstances.
So if Terry is not an outright victor at the end of the trial, is anyone?
Anton Ferdinand was certainly not. The QPR defender did not even hear the offending words during his exchange of aggressive banter with the two-times former England captain, and yet he received a bullet in the post.
Neither has his brother Rio come out of this unscathed. The idea that Roy Hodgson took Terry to Euro 2012 and not the Manchester United man because of this situation, and not the "footballing reasons" he claimed, will remain merely a suspicion - unless Hodgson confirms otherwise.
Yet Rio was brought further into the affair courtesy of Saturday's ill-advised response to someone else's tweet describing key witness Ashley Cole as a "choc ice". The long-time international colleague of both Terry and Cole could now face an FA charge of his own, despite his claim that the term is not a racist one.Chelsea — whose pre-season tour of the USA Terry will join up with soon — have faced criticism for their appeal to have the trial held after Euro 2012, thereby dragging the affair across half the year.
The FA now not only has to wrestle with the dilemma of charging Terry or not, but also whether or not to reinstate him as England captain — the stripping of which, for the second time, led to the previous national manager resigning. Terry may be in a position to demand the armband back now that he has been cleared.
Professional football was not shown in a complimentary light after the worst four-letter word in the English language was mentioned 24 times in the magistrate's judgement and countless times in open court. While exposing the rife bad language and tasteless goading that happens on the pitch will not surprise many people who do not live in a convent, it hardly squares with the tolerant, family-friendly product which is marketed by the Premier League.
The only real winners in this situation, as is so often the case, are the lawyers.
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