There is no racism in football claims the contemptible Sepp Blatter. He says that if a player racially abuses another then they should just shake hands and get on with it. Is it any wonder that racism in society continues to be relatively acceptable when the celebrity class face no action for their vile behaviour?
In the week that the men accused of brutally murdering Stephen Lawrence eighteen years ago stand trial, racism still runs through every aspect of our lives, and is practiced, condoned and legitimised by individuals in the public domain who are then copied by children and adults alike. They did not want to be role models; it is not in their contracts, who say they should be role models? Agreed, but they are role models, they do influence people, and they do help in making certain behaviours or attitudes acceptable.
In the last month, two high profile footballers have allegedly made racist remarks to other players. One has been charged with this, despite little or no evidence, whilst the other has not been, despite his alleged remarks, “fucking black cunt” being very clear if you watch the clip back. No doubt the FA’s slow investigation and reluctance to act has nothing to do with him being the England captain.
These are by no means the first racist or bigoted acts from football professionals. I recall Mark Bosnich making a Nazi salute to Tottenham fans, Paulo Di Cannio’s Nazi salute, John Barnes having banana’s thrown at him, Ron Atkinson’s vile remarks on TV, and disgusting jokes about some of his former black players that he makes at after dinner speeches.
In fact, when I searched the web for racism in football the volume of stories was astronomical and too many to mention here. In most areas of society, and in workplaces, such blatant racism is taboo and generally dealt with. Rightly or wrongly, people lose their jobs, get prosecuted, get fined, go to prison, and get shunned by their families.
Not footballers or other famous or rich people. They get a few negative news stories, Mickey Mouse fines, and in most cases nothing. They remain roles models and heroes for many, despite them being proven vile, racists, and all round horrible bastards, just like John Terry.
Todays’ comments from FIFA chairman and corrupt gangster, Sepp Blatter, sum up perfectly the celebrity and boss class, and their attitude to racism. Blatter has stated that if a player racially abuses another player, then they should just shake hands after the match. He went on to say that things happen in matches that are wrong, but they can be sorted with a handshake. What planet is this fucking plonker on?
What hope do any individuals or groups who campaign against racism have when the most senior person from the governing body of the most popular pastime on earth says that if on live TV a player and hero to millions calls another player a “fucking black cunt”, all that is needed is a good old fashioned gentlemanly handshake? Is it any wonder that vermin like the EDL and BNP feel comfortable in being openly racist?