Danish FA still blinkered

Danish FA still blinkered

The Danish Football Association is still struggling to accept that there are problems of racism in Danish football. This startling stance comes as the country’s media is embraced in debate following some recent racist incidents at Danish football clubs. The Danish FA claim that there is no problem, that the recent episodes were initiated by…

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Barcelona's Eto'o suffers racist abuse

Barcelona's Eto'o suffers racist abuse

Yet another racist incident in football, again in Spain. This time the victim was Barcelona star Samuel Eto'o. The Cameroon international was the target of racist chanting and abuse during last night's La Liga clash with Getafe, which Barcelona won 2-1. Around 50 Getafe fans directed monkey chants at Africa's player of the year each…

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“Racism is to be found among players, too, not just the fans,” says Seedorf

“Racism is to be found among players, too, not just the fans,” says Seedorf

Europe's stadia are experiencing a flood of racism, what's your opinion on this, Clarence Seedorf? “In my view these incidents are a reflection of society in general, where discrimination against people with black or yellow skin, people who wear glasses, anyone who is different, predominates.” You don't think it is the consequence of racist conviction?…

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UEFA fines clubs for racism

UEFA fines clubs for racism

UEFA’s Appeals Body have slapped Czech club AC Sparta Praha with a €40,000 fine after their fans racially abused Olympique Lyonnais players during a UEFA Champions League match on 29 September 2004. UEFA’s Control & Disiplinary Body originally fined Sparta €33,000 on 7 October, but Sparta appealed and after reconsidering the offences, UEFA increased the…

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Irish step up fight against racism

Irish step up fight against racism

The Irish Football Association (IFA) is stepping up their fight against racism in Northern Irish football. IFA staff, referees, coaches and players are to attend a training day in Belfast; at a time when racist and homophobic attacks are on the rise in Northern Ireland. IFA President, Jim Boyce, has given his full backing to…

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Racism returns to Brøndby

Racism returns to Brøndby

After nearly 2 months with no incidents, racism has returned to Danish club Brøndby IF. On 14 November 2004, small sections of the Brøndby crowd made “Monkey chants” against FC Nordsjælland’s Francis Dickoh and on 21 November against AGF’s Jeffrey Aubynn. Jais Tindborg, chairman of the official Brøndby Support fanclub, has contacted the board of…

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Double shame of Bernabeu

Double shame of Bernabeu

Real Madrid fans have brought shame upon the Bernabeu less than a week after the disgusting scenes there that shocked the international football community. This most recent episode occurred during Real’s UEFA Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen, played on Tuesday 23 November 2004. Again, the Spanish crowd “Monkey chanted” whenever Leverkusen’s Roque Junior had…

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Fined & banned for racist abuse

Fined & banned for racist abuse

A Blackburn Rovers fan has been fined £1,000 and banned from attending football matches for 5 years, after admitting to racially abusing Birmingham's Dwight Yorke. 22 year old Jason Perryman from Chorely in north east England, admitted to a racially aggravated public order offence before Blackburn magistrates court. Another man charged with an alleged incident…

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Dutch campaigners fear PSV progress unacknowledged

Dutch campaigners fear PSV progress unacknowledged

There is concern amongst anti-racist campaigners in Holland that the English media are unfairly building up expectations of racist abuse from PSV Eindhoven supporters at this week’s Champions League game against Arsenal. Illya Jongeneel, of Euro Support commented, “PSV is now an example for all other Dutch clubs in how to campaign against racism. They…

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Racial abuse allegations mar match

Racial abuse allegations mar match

The Blackburn Rovers verse Birmingham match in the English Premier League has been marred by allegations of racist abuse directed at Dwight Yorke. The incident happened as Dwight Yorke, a former Blackburn player, was warming up prior to the match. Two spectators taunted Yorke from the corner of the stand. Dwight went over to confront…

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FARE calls for action over England abuse

FARE calls for action over England abuse

The Football Against Racism in Europe network (FARE) has called upon FIFA to take far-reaching action against the Spanish Football Association to ensure that Wednesday’s racial abuse is effectively dealt with. The network is calling for the suspense of Spanish participation in footballing competition until the Spanish Football Association can satisfy Europe’s governing bodies that…

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England suffer 90 minutes of abuse

England suffer 90 minutes of abuse

The footballing community is apalled over the racist abuse suffered by England’s black players in their 1-0 defeat in a friendly against Spain on Wednesday 17 November 2004. Throughout the match, the Santiago Bernabéu crowd “Monkey Chanted” England’s Jermaine Jenas, Ashley Cole and Shaun Wright-Phillips. England midfielder, Jermaine Jenas, says that it’s the worst abuse…

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Condemnation floods in over Spanish racism

Condemnation floods in over Spanish racism

Yet again, the football world is in shock at yet another sequence of racist incidents in an international game. On Wednesday 17 November, England’s black players were constantly abused during a friendly against Spain at the Santiago Bernabéu. The UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair has joined in the criticism, stating that he was very disappointed…

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Kick It Out calls for action over England abuse

Kick It Out calls for action over England abuse

FARE partner, Kick It Out, has called upon UEFA and FIFA to take far-reaching action against the Spanish Football Association to ensure that racial abuse on Wednesday 17 November 2004, is effectively dealt with in Spanish football. The campaign are calling for Spanish participation in European footballing competitions to be suspended until the Spanish Football…

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Players’ union wanted England to walk off

Players’ union wanted England to walk off

Gordon Taylor, chief of the UK players’ union (PFA), has said that England should have pulled its players off the pitch after the racist abuse during their game with Spain. Jermaine Jenas, Ashley Cole and Shaun Wright-Phillips faced a barrage of racist abuse from the Spanish fans throughout the game. Players union chief Gordon Taylor…

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FIFA respond to Spanish racism

FIFA respond to Spanish racism

FIFA, the world’s governing football authority, has issued a statement after the appalling racial abuse suffered by England in Spain. The match, which fell under FIFA jurisdiction, was marred throughout by racist chanting from large sections of the Spanish crowd towards England’s black players. The statement, on the FIFA website reads, “FIFA is concerned about…

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Nazi salutes in Spain

Nazi salutes in Spain

Disturbing racist scenes occurred during the Spanish national cup (Copa del rey) match between Cádiz CF and Betis Sevilla, played at Cadiz’s Ramón de Carranza stadium on the 10 November, 2004. A group of about 80 people belonging to the Betis Sevilla ultra group Supporters Gol Sur, shouted racist and anti-Semitic chants throughout the game….

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TV pundit in race slur

TV pundit in race slur

Sky TV pundid, Frank McLintock, has sparked another TV race row in the UK after using the word “n*gg*r” on a live broadcast. The Arsenal FC legend, now a Sky Sports TV presenter stunned viewers during a phone-in show as he criticised the management set-up at Spurs which caused Jacques Santini to quit. Referring to…

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Babelsberg 03 & Tennis Borussia make a stand against racism

Babelsberg 03 & Tennis Borussia make a stand against racism

During the FARE Action Week the supporters, players and officials of German 4th Division outfits Babelsberg 03 and Tennis Borussia Berlin expressed their collective rejection of racism. Fans of both clubs organised a joint choreography with the slogan “Our kops are seeing red – against racism, chauvinism and anti-Semitism”, while the players ran onto the…

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FC St. Pauli commemorates victims of Nazi dictatorship

FC St. Pauli commemorates victims of  Nazi dictatorship

To mark the 66th anniversary of the Jewish pogrom on November 9, Corny Littmann, president of German 3rd division club FC St. Pauli, and Roger Hasenbein, representing the national supporters clubs, unveiled a commemorative plaque in honour of the victims of National Socialism. “FC St. Pauli and its fans have a long tradition of campaigning…

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Zesh makes Premiership history

Zesh makes Premiership history

Zesh Rehman has become the first British-born Asian player to play in the English Premiership. Rehman, who has played for Fulham FC since childhood, started in their 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 31 October. Rehman, 21, was born in Birmingham to Pakistani parents. Like most football mad kids, he honed his skills playing…

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Swiss football hero faces racism allegations

Swiss football hero faces racism allegations

Swiss national hero, Stéphane Chapuisat, has allegedly made racist remarks towards Selver Hodzic, a FC Thun player who is of Bosnian origin. Chapuisat is accused of making the abusive remarks during the Swiss super league game between Young Boys Bern and FC Thun. Ironically, the alleged incidents happened during a match designated by the club…

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