As Hammers starlet Ravel ‘Raveldo’ Morrison continues to stew whilst on remand at her majesty’s pleasure, the soccer star might ponder how fortunate he is that he is not a basketball or American ‘Football’ player in the USA (or any of the other 57 countries who still practice capital punishment) where he would almost certainly be facing a death sentence or similar form of justice for his alleged wrongdoings of last weekend.
The UK gave up on exterminating it’s perpetrators just around the time they last had a decent football team (Yes- the West Ham-inspired boys of ’66!), prompting some observers to link the demise of the death penalty to the shortage of decent English players to make up a capable footie-firing squad. However, there is no guarantee that the current government won’t reintroduce the punishment in an effort to garner popularity with the growing far right movement that has gathered within the UKIP party.
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Irene Grimshure, an elderly woman who is thought to use the same local convenience store as Ravel’s mum, expressed her concerns for the poor lad as he faces into another week of prison awaiting the actual trial “I hope those other inmates leave him alone – he’s still recovering after a recent groin operation and needs to get as much rest as he can” she pleaded "you do hear such awful stories about what goes on in prisons between the inmates".Other sources have dismissed concerns regarding Ravel's possible death pnalty verdict as media hysteria and point out that Death by Penalty (shoot out) is a punishment that is regularly dished out to English footballers (mostly by Germans) with Gareth ‘insipid boy next door’ Southgate and former Hammer Stuart ‘Psycho’ Pierce as previous victims. In some cases the punishment may not be full and absolute death as in the case of Chris Waddle who’s punishment was commuted to a life sentence wearing the awful mullet he adopted as a ‘fashion’ statement in the early nineties.
As the Hammers prepare to face Schalke today at least we can rest assured that if it's level after 90 minutes on this occasion there won't be any capital punishment dished out to our lads!