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Racism in football – a fans perspective

Guest post about the problem of racism in football following the cases against Luis Suarez and John Terry.

Guest post by Ben Coombs:

I felt the need to write an article on a subject that is absolutely dominating our sport at this present time, with high profile incidents such as the John Terry and Luis Suarez allegations, and the I think most of us agree, outrageous comments from a certain Mr Blatter.

In my opinion; racism is definitely still a huge problem in football, perhaps not on the pitch most of the time, but definitely in other forms.

I’ve been told of and observed a worrying amount of racism on the weekends at different football grounds, including a vivid memory I have of a man a few rows ahead of me referring to a black player on OUR team.. As a variety of things, none of which were kindly, all of which were racist and I daren’t repeat. This is intolerable as it is, but was also right in front of his own youngsters, and other children were well within earshot.

People who act in this way should be reported every time, and punished as severely as the law allows. Leniency is in-excusable, and severe charges would (I hope) deter others quickly enough.

I’ve also overheard racist insults in my local five-a-side league, which have been acknowledged and virtually ignored by officials, with no punishment whatsoever.

This indifference in any level of the game is simply in-excusable, especially the prime example of Mr ‘not fit to work in football’ Blatter.

Excuses have been thrown about such as the comments by Luis Suarez and Gus Poyet about how the words used by Suarez were not considered racist in his Uruguayan homeland. This is a poor and lamentable excuse, because the simple fact is, we aren’t in Uruguay, and our customs and views on language should be acknowledged in cases such as this.

I hope that one day racism to not be a problem in football, as any normal person or football-fan would, but I can not see that becoming a reality anytime soon unless changes are made. The decision on the Suarez case is due this afternoon and the verdict will be an interesting one…..



  1. MPH

    December 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    A part of helping to eradicate racism is recognising and respecting different cultures. Luis Suarez isn’t from England, doesn’t speak much English and what he said isn’t considered racist in his own culture. Like a true brit the writer is expecting everyone to jump to a Brits tune. Would love to see how you get on in Uraguay?

    • SteveBakerfield

      December 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      Africa for the Africans,Asia for the Asians,white countries for EVERYBODY!

      Genocide is genocide,it makes no difference whether it is accomplished by bullets and mustard gas,or mass immigration and social engineering.

      Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white.

      • Michael Prosser

        February 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm

        Steve, you are an idiot and a disgrace to civilised, educated people. Just collect your benefits cheque, go back to your caravan, and drink cider, just like everyother day in your sad pathetic life. Leave the social commentary to people who have an education.

  2. ken

    December 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    i think u talking rubbish the only problem is people jump on the band wagon when anythink about the colour of skin mentioned even kick it out are the same,i talked to them about them saying suarez should say sorry to evra with no proof of what happened they said it was taken out of context but refused to do a statement saying that.i also told them about a match i attended that people including coloured people singing suarez plays like a cripple i am disabled and asked a police man if i sung somethik racist what would happen i was told i would be arrested,i then asked what they were going to do about what they were singing,i was told they cant get involved with every think the croud sing.what did kick it out do ask were in or out the ground it happened no said it shouldnt of happened and that was it.when people look at what offends anyone i will agree but that will never happen,i dont think one of the people singing about suarez meant to upset anybody except suarez some things in life u have got to except that some idiots dont say things to upset anybody they speat without thinking,as i said am disabled im fat and loosing my hair.if i picked up on everything sung at matches i would spend my whole life thinking the words against the way if anyone thinks im a racist my family is mixed race.

  3. ken

    December 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    one more thing if somebody called rooney fat or shelvey bald would you honestly be writting about it or are u as bad as the people u doing your article about,do you only hear one part off discrimination i think u do.

    • ken

      December 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      how many people have shouted to the ref or lino are u blind how did u miss that,i have but didnt think if i offended blind people at the game and u can go on and on so if u r easly offended just dont go out of ur door because most people can push every think sung or said at the match

      • ken

        December 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm

        no reply no thats what i thought

        • Michael Prosser

          February 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm

          Ken, you are a poorly educated chav who probably lives off benefits like your parents did. Who cares what you think.

  4. Archie

    December 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Well, all I can say is at least this guy can be bothered to stand up for what he believes in. I believe in him and what he has written, he is absoloutly right I have heard comments many a time but haven’t stood up for it, he has, and for that, I applaud him.

  5. Jen

    December 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Archie you’re only backing him up because you’re his friend

    • ken

      December 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      i dont no archie but its clear no one wants to hear how it realy is by the lack of comments over 4 hours

  6. James

    December 15, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Woah! ’nuff of the hatred. It’s a ‘fan’s perspective’ Therefore his views. If you don’t like it post some constructive criticism, let him improve! No one starts out perfect, and no one improves without the help! By all means toss him a rope, but down drown him.

  7. Becca

    December 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    To be honest this is a fans opinion so he shouldn’t be criticised for that, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Even if you don’t agree with what he said, its a beautifully written piece.

    • Ben Coombs

      December 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you, really appreciate this.. Comments like this make me glad I wrote this, especially since I haven’t written an article before.

  8. SteveBakerfield

    December 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Africa for the Africans,Asia for the Asians,white countries for EVERYBODY!

    Mass immigration and “assimilation” forced on all white countries and ONLY white countries.

    It is geNOcide.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white.

    • Michael Prosser

      February 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Steve Bakerfield, you are a sad ignorant moron. Views like yours are never held by people with any intelligence, only by minimum wage losers like yourself. You clearly have no prospects in life, so you feel the need to attack others to make yourself feel important. I feel sorry for you.

  9. paul

    December 17, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Of course anti-racist is just a code word for anti-white. Even anti-whites are beginning to admit to this obvious truth.

  10. barry h

    December 17, 2011 at 9:38 am

    You miss the point. The word negro is not racist, the other ‘n’ word certainly is. Therefore your ‘he’s not in Uruguay now’ remark could be seen as a xenophobic and blatant misrepresentation of Suarez’ character -entirely borne of your ignorance.

    Well intended as this post of yours may have meant to be – you display ignorance on both the issues of racism and the laws of your land. You are a victim of hype, throwing around opinions of little or no substance – in a matter which is entirely unhelpful to dealing with the issue of racism in football. All you have succeeded in is skewing information even further, whilst apparently passing a guilty verdict.

    Whereas Terry was speaking to Ferdinand in english – the Suarez example was completely different. It is entirely possible that cultural and language issues may have led to confusion in the Suarez-Evra case.

    The internet really has replaced journalism with rubbish. sigh.

    Stick to writing football. My fear is that the FA are as blind as you when it comes to the subtleties of culture, language and the legal implications. The panel are not qualified to deal with this case.

    Your opinions are dangerous, keep them to yourself.

  11. Ben Coombs

    December 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you for all the comments..
    Positive and negative.
    Especially ”Becca” really appreciate that thank you!

  12. Ben Coombs

    December 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Oh and I have twitter: @benmarksson

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