I really won’t miss him

11/03/2009

Sorry Excuse for a Footballer

Yeah it was inevitable that I’d be commenting on this.

I mean, I’m a strong FC Midtjylland fan, I’m a woman, I’m a feminist, I’m queer, and I’ve been feeling really ambivalent and annoyed all year about our summer signing of Polish goalkeeper Arek Onyszko from Odense BK following his release from his club following his assault of his ex-wife (to which he only received 3 months jail by the City Court of Odense).

And I don’t think I’m the only one considering our defense which last year was one of the better ones in the league has lacked focus and motivation this year.

Luckily, Arek Onyszko was completely unable to avoid his continued campaign to be most hated man in Denmark by publishing an autobiography (called of all things “Fucking Polack”) ranting about women in sports journalism and, most damningly for the club, rants against homosexuality.

Onyszko wrote: “I hate gays, I really do. I think it’s f**king disgusting to hear them talk to each other as if they are girls. I can’t be in the same room as someone who’s gay. Look at them kissing each other – it’s sickening.”

And so FCM kissed his ass goodbye via a public press release. For those who don’t read Danish, it’s a standard politely phrased version of “we told him our signing of him was based on him not being a douche and he decided to step it up and we said enough was enough.”

Here is the damning part:

“This book is a breach of confidence and a long rattling off on a point of view we cannot endorse here at FCM. Points of view which are totally incompatible with being employed at FC Midtjylland and thus as a role model of the young people FC Midtjylland football academy and for children and adult FCM supporters. Therefore we see no alternative but to suspend the contract with Onyszko immediately.”

As I said, enough was enough for my club, which I’m really glad to see. Sexism and homophobia has no place in Danish football and we have always been ahead of the curve in making all supporters feel comfortable and at home before.

For his part, Onyszko said his remarks and actions were based in his strong catholic faith, yet again damning that homophobic sexist institution with yet another black mark.

Bye bye Arek, don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out and I’ll just enjoy watching Sunday’s game against Randers FC with no more wincing towards the black mark in goal. Back to number one Martin Raska. Go you Wulves!

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One Response to “I really won’t miss him”

  1. Keely H. said

    Hurray for Danish football not tolerating homophobia! It seems like U.S. sports is starting to take a similar stance with the recent investigation of Larry Johnson for using gay slurs with teammates and on Twitter.

    One point of contention with your post:
    “For his part, Onyszko said his remarks and actions were based in his strong catholic faith, yet again damning that homophobic sexist institution with yet another black mark.”

    Blanket statements about the homophobia in Catholicism don’t give pro-gay Catholic organizations such as DignityUSA, New Ways Ministry, and Call To Action their proper due. These three groups banded together last year to protest the Vatican’s decision to stand against the U.N.’s call for an end to criminalization of homosexuality, and they did so under the platform that the Vatican is not representing all Catholics when it acts out of homophobia and bigotry. I think we ought to give pro-gay Catholics the benefit of the doubt that they are in fact as Catholic as other more hateful members of the faith.

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