Sport It’s time for football to accept that racism is a football problem

11:05  10 december  2019
11:05  10 december  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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It is time for football to start taking some bold steps. It is not enough to keep playing safe and hoping the problem goes away. Ohuruogu should have taken a minute, remembered that she once missed three drug tests in succession and accepted that , when it comes to doping matters, her voice carries

Imrul explained that racism at grassroots level was "one hundred times more amplified" than at Kick It Out is a charity which promotes equality in football . It works with the people in charge of To tackle the problem , Kick It Out is working to deliver new training, to help tackle racism , for coaches and refs.

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Are we allowed to say it’s a football problem yet? There was that familiar denial that racism is not football’s problem when a Manchester City supporter was caught on video appearing to make ­monkey gestures towards two Manchester United players, Fred and Jesse ­Lingard, during the derby.

It’s not football’s problem but a problem in wider society, we are told. Repeatedly. Yet why do the two have to be mutually exclusive? Is it not becoming obvious that the two are, in fact, intrinsically linked? Is it not clear that one of the most broadcast areas of society is being used to spread a message of hate?

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It is not just football ’ s problem . When a couple of Southampton fans allegedly chant about the Holocaust during a game against Tottenham, it There is a similar vibe in the stands. Last month there was outrage when England’ s black players were targeted with monkey chants in Montenegro.

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It’s only one man, they say, when an act of racism is committed in the stands of football stadiums from non-league to the Premier League, to leagues across Europe and on the international stage.

It’s not the entire football club. It’s not football. But it is football, now. It’s what football has become. What football is now known for.

It's not football

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It was one man who threw a banana at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. I was sat on a plane en route to a Champions League away game when I overheard one Tottenham fan telling others that they knew the guy and he insisted he simply threw an object in anger and did not even realise it was a banana. The rest nodded in agreement. Sure. Who even takes a banana to a football match? Did he have to open the lid of his lunchbox first to retrieve it?

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Came in, saw it , reported it and then the secretary was like: 'Well how do we know it was him?' In response to The Times ' manifesto earlier this year on how to fight racism in football , England' s Football Association (FA) called social media "a common vehicle for racist and discriminatory abuse."

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It was one man who racially abused Trent Alexander-Arnold at Old Trafford when Liverpool played there in October.

It was one man on Saturday at the Etihad, making monkey gestures he later claimed were his attempts to put his hands into his pants.

It was one man Chelsea eventually banned for life for using “racially abusive language and threatening and aggressive behaviour” towards Raheem Sterling as he went to get the ball in front of the Matthew Harding Stand when he visited Stamford Bridge with Manchester City a year ago.

Far from an exhaustive list

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It was one man – a teenage boy, actually – who was ejected from Tottenham’s stadium on Saturday for allegedly racially abusing Son Heung-min.

Suddenly, all those individual men – plus the boy – start, collectively, to become quite a lot of men. And they are far from an exhaustive list.

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Then there were the Bulgaria supporters who racially abused England’s players in October, whose behaviour included Nazi salutes and monkey chants. I’m unaware that anyone counted, but that was a lot of individual men, too.

Even so, when a punishment was meted out by Uefa – two behind-closed-doors matches and a fine – the English Football Association took the opportunity to shift the blame on to wider society in its statement in response.

“While we acknowledge Uefa’s ruling today, a huge challenge still exists around racism and discrimination in society,” a spokesman said. “Football has its part to play, and must do so, but it is for all to recognise the seriousness of the problem.”

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To reiterate: it is a societal issue. But it is undoubtedly a football issue, too. It becomes a football issue when the world’s biggest sport is being used as a vehicle to spread the message that people are racist and that’s okay, when it really is not okay. We see the same message in the rhetoric of the country’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. We catch glimpses of it, occasionally, if it happens on a train or a bus and an intrepid member of the public manages to film it.

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In football, it is happening on a near weekly basis, and those are only the incidents captured on camera, or reported, and brought to wider attention.

“There is a contagion,” was the way it was described by Piara Powar, executive director of the Fare network, which campaigns against racism in football, following the incident at the Manchester derby. “This is happening everywhere unquestionably because of a few things. One of those is mimicry – people are seeing others doing it and they think that they can follow and it’s legitimate to do it.

“I think focusing on an individual is a good way to make that individual accountable, but sometimes we need to look wider than that and frame people as a collective.”

To borrow Powar’s analogy, if it is a contagion, football was infected a long time ago and the problem is spreading alarmingly. And that will continue until football accepts it is a football problem and finds an appropriate antidote that works.

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