Date:Friday November 2 2012
Football in this country, and indeed in Europe involving English players, is apparently going through a crisis period with regards to racism, both alleged and proven.
We have had the Surez/Evra affair, the Terry/Ferdinand incident, an allegation of racist abuse by a player to a ball boy, and now the as yet unproven incident of alleged racial abuse by a PL referee against a player. These incidents are dragging our game into the gutter. High profile black players are demonstrating their concern by the highly publicised tee shirt boycott, but are the PFA, or the FA, doing enough to protect them, and are their clubs, their employers, showing sufficient support.
Whilst all this is going on at home, England were involved in an U21s international in Serbia, where racism is a known problem, and has been largely ignored by UEFA with the imposition of he occasional derisory fines on the Serbian FA, their only response. Low and behold the inevitable happened, and black players were subjected to a match long tirade of verbal abuse, and the situation detriorated into a brawl at the end of the game, clearly seen on TV.
Now the Serbian police have had the affrontary to charge 2 English players and an official with inciting violence. Now is the time for the FA to stand up and be counted, firstly by imposing meaningful punative punishments on those found guilty at home, and a refusal to sanction games between either club, or international teams, against teams from certain nominated Eastern European countries including Serbia, where racism is a problem, this may shame UEFA into action.
They should also insist that the charges against England players and officials be dropped, or instruct those accused to refuse to answer them. We as a club should show an interest as both Danny Rose and Steven Caulker are key figures in this debacle.
Written by Frank
Date:Friday November 2 2012
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