Racism In English Football

There has been a recent spate of incidents in the English Premier League that have once again brought the ugly head of racism in the sport rearing into the foreground of national consciousness. The first occurrence was the accusation by Manchester United’s Patrice Evra that the Liverpool striker Luis Suarez called him ‘negrito’ during the clash between the two sides around three months ago. Suarez vehemently denied the claims that is was a racist jibe, citing a tweet sent by the Manchester United and Mexico striker Hernandez to another International teammate in which he used a similar word. Suarez has consequently claimed that in South and Central America the term can be used with affection rather than just as an insult, though the fact that that Suarez and Evra were in the midst of a dispute at the time rather undermines this claim. Anyhow, Suarez was consequently banned for eight games and returned just last weekend against – you guessed it – Manchester United.
I was staying in a Liverpool city centre hotel to watch the game and all the talk before kick-off was about whether the two players would shake hands during the pre-kick-off formalities. Suarez refused to shake Evra’s hand which some say supports the Uruguayan’s claim that he had not meant to insult the United left-back and so was himself affronted. However, this again seems rather far-fetched considering surely the easiest way to settle the dispute would have been to accept the handshake and let bygones be bygones.
Meanwhile, the case of whether former England captain John Terry racially abused the Queens Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand in the fixture between Chelsea and QPR just before Christmas also rages on, primarily because Terry has consequently been stripped of the England captaincy despite the case having yet being heard in court. This in turn has led to the resignation of the England manager Fabio Capello as he feels his authority has been undermined because he had previously stated that Terry should be considered innocent until proven guilty. The result is that we are now all waiting to hear who will be made England manager, with many hoping that the press conference Harry Redknapp has scheduled for next week in a Shrewsbury hotel will contain his announcement that he has been appointed as the new manager now he has been cleared of accusations of financial irregularities dating back to his relationship with Portsmouth owner Milan Mandaric.

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March 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Sports

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