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VIDEO: BBC BREAKFAST – RACISM IN FOOTBALL (BLACK FOOTBALL PLAYERS UNION)

November 1, 2012 4 comments

This segment featuring David Neita (Barrister and Campaigner) aired last week on BBC Breakfast.

I was surprised to see former player Les Ferdinand all up in the camera talking so freely about racism in this segment. During his playing days I don’t remember him saying a damn thing about racism in the game when it mattered. Old cockney boy was mute and busy running around with blond TV presenter/IT girl of the 90s Dani Behr.

Anyway I like David and admire his passion but does he truly believe that black/mixed race players will publicly support a ‘Black Football Players Union? For the Union to be a success he will need their support, but unfortunately the majority of them are cowards and lost causes.

An example of a coward and a lost cause Ashley ‘shoe shine’ Cole

And as for working to ‘eradicate racism’…. I wish you the best of luck with that David.

Your thoughts please……

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UK NEWS: RIO FERDINAND BLASTS FIFA PRESIDENT SEBB BLATTER FOR REMARKS ABOUT RACISM IN FOOTBALL

November 17, 2011 10 comments


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In an interview with CNN FIFA President Sebb Blatter was asked if racism exists in football and he replied,

‘I would deny it. There is no racism, there is maybe one of the players towards another, he has a word or a gesture which is not the correct one, but also the one who is affected by that, he should say that this is a game. ‘We are in a game, and at the end of the game, we shake hands, and this can happen. On the field of play sometimes you say something that is not very correct, but then at the end of the game you have the next game where you can behave better.’

As you can imagine his ridiculous comments have caused OUTRAGE and has even forced premiership/England player Rio Ferdinand to speak out via Twitter.

Loads of people have commended Rio for speaking out publicly (myself included). When has a black/mixed race premiership footballer EVER spoken out so publicly about racism or confronted a major figure in the game on it? I will tell you when – NEVER! I was impressed and also in shock.

Then I remembered that old Sebb Blatter here is a hate figure within the realms of English football since England failed in its bid to host the World Cup and lost out to Russia and Qatar. Since then Blatter has been accused of corruption and there have been calls for his resignation.

Rio won’t face any backlash from his comments (I am sure he knows this which could explain why he decided to speak out on this occasion) because everyone within the FA (Football Association) the fans and media hate old fool Blatter and pray for his downfall.

It is therefore safe to confront Sebb.

Other high profile figures in football including QPR owner Tony Fernandes and  England manager Fabio Cappello have also gone on record to say that racism doesn’t exist in football amongst other things (2 weeks ago), but Rio didn’t say anything then.

When the press released pictures, obviously staged, of John Terry who is currently under investigation for “allegedly” racially abusing his brother Anton Ferdinand, laughing, joking and dancing with black players he didn’t say anything then.

Hmmmmm….

But hey perhaps I am being far too cynical and looking too deeply in to this situation.

Anyway, it is still good to see a high profile player speaking out for a change, and not one who has decided to speak out years later after retirement.

UK NEWS: WIGAN CHAIRMAN SAYS FOOTBALLERS WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT RACISM ARE ‘OUT OF ORDER’

October 30, 2011 11 comments

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan

This is probably the popular opinion within the world of football.

Via The Guardian

The Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has said players are “out of order” to complain about being referred to by their race.

Whelan, responding to allegations against John Terry, which the England captain denies, told LBC the issue of racism in football was overblown, and that players “should just get on with it”.

He said: “If a white man insults a black man that’s big, big news. If a black man insults a white man that’s nothing, and it’s expected.

“I think we should forget colour and … you know, it doesn’t bother anybody. Sometimes a footballer, when they’re playing at such a level, with the stress there is … if they call somebody white, if they call somebody black, you’ve just got to get on with it.

“You know, I think the players who come and complain, sometimes they are a little bit out of order. Continue Reading…..

[Thanks One]

Well at least the black footballers who play for Wigan know where their chairman stands when it comes to  subject of racism in football. If they suffer abuse there is no point in looking to this old fool for help. Their complaints will be ignored.

Thank you Dave Whelan for being honest. It’s good to know where we all stand on this subject matter.

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