Dark Days For English Football May Very Well Return...


Yes, before you all ask, it still hurts. My chest aches and I can't bear to look at the papers. City have really hurt me. I am very tempted to use some rather foul language, but hey, this is a family blog. Supposedly...

 

Well what a week it's been for the Premier League! Shocks galore, big wins, small wins - not to mention a few naughty words used on a pitch somewhere in West London. A club suspend a player, whilst another player threatens to sue the manager. Carlos Tevez anyone?

 

So yeah, it's been a little wild, and it's been difficult to try and keep up with it all. The prima donnas we all adore so much are rebelling and becoming rebellious teenagers all over again, believing their actions won't get them in trouble. As proven over the last week, it really can.

 

I don't want to sit and write about John Terry's supposed racist comments, as these are yet to be proven, and it could just be a big media frenzy for nothing. What's new, I hear you ask... Instead, I want to talk about this situation it has left us in.

 

Back in 1993, the 'Let's Kick Racism Out Of Football' campaign was launched, and was sent very mainstream in 1997. The campaign really picked up, all 92 league clubs got behind it, and it was introduced at grassroots level in order to maintain this level of equality that was being emitted both on and off the pitch.

 

Then these accused events happen this weekend, the print and online media pick it up, it goes viral, and suddenly we have a big racism case on our hands. Involving the England captain - supposedly the model footballer of all young English kids up and down the country, and the man every English player wants to be. Proving we really do still have a big problem with race and colour in this country.

 

It wasn't just this isolated incident, though. Anyone who is on any form of social networking site, in particular Twitter, will have seen the vulgar comments being directed at black footballers and commentators from fans and people alike. This wasn't just a few words on a pitch, this was a thousand words online too.

 

It's a very sad situation - we've come a long way as a nation to ensure this kind of incident doesn't happen, and a lot of investment within the Kick It Out scheme has led to plenty of positives coming out of games where racist abuse has been heard.

 

At the end oft eh day, nothing has been proven as yet. But we could be returning to the very dark days of English football if we're not careful.

 

Agree with me? Want to add your tuppence worth? Follow me on Twitter - I'm @Adam9309 - or find me on my own blog!

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Comment by Chloe Greene on October 29, 2011 at 8:01

Agree this is an important moment. Did you hear Les Ferdinand on BBC Radio Five Live. I respect that man. He spoke with quiet dignity about how this ugly stuff flares up and that the governing bodies must take real action to stop it.

Yes the Let's kick racism out of football has been a valuable campaign. But campaigns reach those who are already listening to some extent. I am now looking to the FA to take strong action against any player, however well known or well paid he might be, if he has been racist.  Won't hold my breath though because in my experience, and I used to work at Sport England, the FA is a spinelss bunch of back scratchers who are primarily motivated by self-interest and who won't rock the boat.

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Comment by Cra19 - A true Red 'head' Devil on October 27, 2011 at 0:15
Good post.

Yesterday evening Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) on twitter dared to tweet about the racism debate, he was pelted with abuse (some racial towards him personally). Stan loves a retweet and pretty much clogged my timeline full of foul, abusive and straight up vile racist tweets he was recieving. It's probably not a case of returning, recent evidence suggests Kickitout may not have been as quite as successful as we thought.

It's sad really :(.

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