Racism is still alive and kicking in today’s football and the events of the past year or so shows just how much has to be done. On a weekend where Millwall fans were accused racially abusing Bolton player Marvin Sordell, it is clear the problem hasn't been 'kicked out' just yet.
Surely when a player from Africa, Italy, Wales, England or France puts on the jersey of the club you support then it shouldn’t matter what colour or religion or what his sexual preference is.
Footballers get paid silly money for kicking a ball around; but they do it with skill and pace and a certain guile that we pay silly money to watch. That’s what football is about.
It’s sad that what we are talking about in football are the things that bring the game down to the seabed.
Most football clubs have ‘community links’ within the surrounding area. Giving kids a chance to do what they want to do and feeling not only part of a team but part of a community.
That’s what should be getting the headlines! ‘Local youth in first team,’ is the headline I like reading. It shouldn’t matter what colour he is, if he’s a Muslim or a Roman Catholic or if he likes the same sex; he’s a footballer that has worked hard and his manager and coaching staff believe in him.
Football is global as indeed is racism and religious bigotry, as well as homophobia. I’m not for one minute suggesting stopping banter, it’s a great part of the game, but only if it’s good banter.
At the end of the day it’s about playing the great game of football and keeping it’s good name up; that’s what I hope for and I hope a lot more fans feel the same.
Were you at the game at the weekend? How do you account for the events?
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