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GTFC and Forbes!

By: Bill Osborne
Date: 18/11/2004

IT matters not whether Terrell Forbes is guilty or innocent of the charges laid against him. Grimsby Town Football Club should move quickly to terminate his contract, not as a presumption of guilt, but to safeguard the good name of the club and the community.

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Even if Forbes is found to be not guilty by the jury, the stigma will still remain.

The town and the community of Grimsby have not yet recovered from the Huntley case and it will take many years for that to happen. It will never be forgotten, nor will the connection with Grimsby.

And now we have another high profile case, attracting world wide media attention, before the courts involving a Grimsby Town footballer and others, accused of rape with allegations of horrific offences committed aginst a 15 year old girl.

When Grimsby Town took him on they were already aware of rape charges laid against him. Under those circumstances, it was a gross error of judgement to allow him to come to the club, knowing that a rape case concerning footballers would receive high media attention.

The club should move immediately to disassociate themselves from him, terminate any contract and agreements they have with him and make a public announcement that they have done so.

Neither the club or the town should be seen to be any further involved now that the details of the accusations are on public record.

If the powers that be in Grimsby Town football club have any pride at all, they should move quickly, not to repair the damage that has already been done as that is too late, but they must, at the very least, show their concern, if they have any, for the community, the victim and the reputation of the club. The silence from them so far has been almost deafening.

It would be wrong to accuse the club of bringing disgrace to the town, because they haven't, even though the signing of Forbes was probably the worst management decision they have ever made. But if they do not make a move on this issue, one could be left wondering where their moral values lie.

N.B. The Electronicfishcake will not publish any further details of the Forbes trial. The details of the offences are too explicit and there are other media sources providing that information for those who want to see it. We will publish only the jury findings.

If you read the article in the Sydney Morning Herald here you will understand our reasons for this decision. To read the article you must login. User name = billo3 password = fishy

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