Haringey v Yeovil shows non-league has a racism problem

FOR YEARS, people have been selling non-league football as a civilised world, “real football for real people”, supported by the theory that this level of the game is one big happy family, a community motivated by the enjoyment of football in a malice-free environment. Just days after England’s players were subjected to racist comments and chanting in Bulgaria, Haringey Borough’s football team walked-off the pitch … Continue reading Haringey v Yeovil shows non-league has a racism problem

Racism and bigotry – the disease that won’t go away

IT is not easy to warm to some of today’s footballers, especially those that find it hard to resist conspicuous consumerism or consider that with enormous wealth comes permission to misbehave. That aside, in an age where many of the sins of the past are being addressed, racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, sexism and other isms are, rightly, no longer tolerated. Once again, football has let itself … Continue reading Racism and bigotry – the disease that won’t go away

Cancel games and take the teams off – the only solution to combat racism

WE live in extremely troubled times, a confusing era where it often feels as though the lunatics have been handed the keys to the asylum. Powerful leaders that appear to behave like Bond villains, placard-waving crowds baying for blood, the re-emergence of anti-semitism, that most symbolic of prejudices, and bull-necked extremists spouting faux-nationalism and militaristic sentiments. Although we’re more than a decade on from the … Continue reading Cancel games and take the teams off – the only solution to combat racism

John Barnes – realistic, or out of touch?

ONE OF the most iconic photographic images of the 1980s is of Liverpool’s John Barnes back-heeling a banana at Goodison Park after a fan threw it his way during a Merseyside derby. The photo says a lot about an outstanding, gifted footballer trying to ignore a bout of racism by nonchalantly and intelligently using his skill to dispose of an offending item. Barnes received plenty … Continue reading John Barnes – realistic, or out of touch?

Cancel games and take the teams off – the only solution to combat racism

WE live in extremely troubled times, a confusing era where it often feels as though the lunatics have been handed the keys to the asylum. Powerful leaders that appear to behave like Bond villains, placard-waving crowds baying for blood, the re-emergence of anti-semitism, that most symbolic of prejudices, and bull-necked extremists spouting faux-nationalism and militaristic sentiments. Although we’re more than a decade on from the … Continue reading Cancel games and take the teams off – the only solution to combat racism

Racism – it never went away

IT is not easy to warm to some of today’s footballers, especially those that find it hard to resist conspicuous consumerism or consider that with enormous wealth comes permission to misbehave. Who was it said that players were this class people earning first class wages? That aside, in an age where many of the sins of the past are being addressed, racism, anti-semitism (take note, … Continue reading Racism – it never went away

Football Media Watch: Campbell’s kingdom

AFTER some years bemoaning the fact he hasn’t had a chance to become a manager, the eccentric character that is Sol Campbell has been appointed “gaffer” at Macclesfield Town, the 92nd-placed club in the Premier/Football League structure. The Guardian’s Daniel Taylor said that Campbell doesn’t always realise how he comes across, referring to some of the comments he made when being given the job. At … Continue reading Football Media Watch: Campbell’s kingdom

Football Media Watch: Opportunity knocks for France

FRANCE may have gone wild with delight in response to the country’s second World Cup win, but there were still some dark clouds to contend with as Didier Deschamps and his players danced in the rain. CNN said France’s World Cup victory, with a team made up primarily of black and Muslim players, “may have been perceived internationally as a collective celebration of an ideal … Continue reading Football Media Watch: Opportunity knocks for France

We’ve moved on since the monkey chants…haven’t we?

THREE Years ago, I witnessed a Fremad Amager player take the field to a sound I had not heard at a football match since the 1980s – the monkey chant. In itself, it was unpleasant, but it was even more shocking to witness this in a supposedly enlightened and progressive society like Denmark. The BBC has recently screened a documentary on the Black v White … Continue reading We’ve moved on since the monkey chants…haven’t we?

Non-League clubs need to drive-out prejudice

The very revealing survey undertaken by the Non-League Paper (NLP) should act as a prompt to non-league clubs up and down the country to clamp-down on bad language at games in 2015-16. The statistics were really quire damning and the NLP deserves credit for highlighting unacceptable racism, sexism and homophobia at non-league games. It’s about time that people really got their heads out of the … Continue reading Non-League clubs need to drive-out prejudice

Should we be that surprised about Paris?

People are rightly outraged about the behaviour of a gang of Chelsea fans on the Paris Metro. Some commentators are expressing genuine surprise that this sort of thing still goes on. Even old players such as Brendan Batson are expressing their disbelief that in 2015, football can still act as the host for malignancies like racism. It’s Kenco time. I can only assume that those … Continue reading Should we be that surprised about Paris?

Calling in on Wigan Athletic….In a week of own goals

It had been a PR disaster week for Wigan Athletic and events off the field looked certain to keep the club in the headlines, for all the wrong reasons, for a few weeks to come. In 2013, when the Latics won the FA Cup, they were everyone’s darlings. Their manager, Roberto Martinez, was a sought-after commodity, and their Chairman, Dave Whelan, and his persona of … Continue reading Calling in on Wigan Athletic….In a week of own goals

Racial bias in the dugout? – The stats don’t lie, but it’s not black and white

Chris Powell and Keith Curle are in a club of two. Black managers in the Premier/Football League. Two in 92. A stark statistic that people are demanding an explanation for. And you cannot blame them for that. But let’s examine a few other aspects of the English game. For a start, it is not confined to the dugout or training pitch. How many black football … Continue reading Racial bias in the dugout? – The stats don’t lie, but it’s not black and white