It’s hard enough to deal with the diving and dirty play that exists in football, when races gets involved it makes matters even worse. A few leagues that struggle with players being racially abused by opposing fans and sometimes their own fans are Spain’s La Liga and the Italian Serie A.
Samuel Eto’o who played for FC Barcelona was the target of racism in every stadium he played in during his time in La Liga.
Earlier this year In an eight day span four incidents of racism took place.
- Roberto Carlos who once played for Real Madrid and Brazil had a banana waved in his face while in Russia.
- In a Brazil v Scotland friendly which took part at the Emirates Stadium 19 year old Neymar was subject to racial abuse as a banana skin was thrown in his direction.
- Exodus Geohaghon who is a defender at Port Vale was called the “N” word by fans of his own team.
- Real Madrid’s Marcelo was called a monkey by fans of Atletico Madrid.
Recently Manchester United defender accused one of the most hated man in football Luis Suárez of racially abusing him in the recent derby match, Suarez has had some high profile incidents in football which includes his biting incident and his version of the “Hand Of God” from last summers World Cup, the Uruguayan is also deemed a diver.
The latest incident of racism involves Chelsea and England captain John Terry allegedly calling QPR’s defender Anton Ferdinand a “Black Cunt” in Chelsea’s recent 1-0 loss at Loftus Road. After the match footage of Terry’s alleged racial slur started being circulated around the internet and fans started giving their opinions on the situation.
In a statement released by John Terry he said:
“I’ve seen that there’s a lot of comments on the internet with regards to some video footage of me in today’s game,” he said. “I’m disappointed that people have leapt to the wrong conclusions about the context of what I was seen to be saying to Anton Ferdinand. I thought Anton was accusing me of using a racist slur against him. I responded aggressively, saying that I never used that term. I would never say such a thing, and I’m saddened that people would think so. I have known Anton for a long time and spoke to him about it after the game and there was no problem between us. I congratulated him on their win. He has not accused me of any wrongful remark. It was clear it was all a misunderstanding at the time.”
‘Kick Racism Out Of Football’ was a campaign that was started years ago to help deal with the issue of racism and was supported by fans, players and coaches around the world, the campaign is still going strong but the goal of getting rid of the racism sadly has not been scored.