Player slams Spanish lack of action

Player slams Spanish lack of action

Osasuna’s Uruguayan international striker, Richard Morales, has criticised the Spanish authorities for their inability to deal with the racist abuse prevalent in the game recently. He said, “They talk a lot, but do nothing. I think you have to take a harder line against each and every one of the people who are shouting at…

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Racist fans sentenced

Racist fans sentenced

A Lincoln City fan has been fined and banned from attending future games after being found guilty of racist chanting. John-Joe McGovern, 18, of Lincoln in England was arrested at the Cambridge United verse Lincoln City game on 30 October 2004. Elsewhere, Robert McBride of Midlothian, Scotland, was fined £250 after he racially abused Hearts…

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Schalke 04 ban neo-Nazis

Schalke 04 ban neo-Nazis

FC Schalke 04 have again taken a clear stance against racism and xenophobia by banning extreme-right groups from the club. The Schalke 04 managing board has decided that membership of the National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), the Republicans (REP), or of parties having the same or similar political aims is incompatible with membership of…

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Ref stops game after racist abuse

Ref stops game after racist abuse

Alfonso Perez Burrull has become the first Referee in Spain to halt a game due to racist abuse. Burrull stopped the game between Malaga and Espanyol on 20 February 2005 after Malaga fans “Monkey chanted” Espanyol’s Cameroon keeper Carlos Kameni. The ref told club officials to make a public announcement, asking their fans to decease…

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Racist banner mars match

Racist banner mars match

Racism has marred the UEFA Cup third round match, between Ajax and French club Auxerre played on 16 February 2005. Auxerre’s Ivory Coast striker, Bonaventure Kalou, was greeted by a racist banner as he entered the pitch. The banner suggested that Kalou, who used to play for Ajax’s bitter rivals Feyenoord, should go “To a…

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Spanish FA failing to deal with racists

Spanish FA failing to deal with racists

A leading Spanish referee has attacked the failure of the country's football authorities to deal with racist abuse and pledged his support to any black players who decide to walk off the pitch in protest. Primera Liga referee, Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez, made his claims in the Spanish sports daily Marca. He said, “Those people who…

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Eto'o calls for a united stance against racism

Eto'o calls for a united stance against racism

Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o has called on journalists and white footballers to help fight racism in sport. The Cameroon international was subject to racial abuse during his side's 4-1 victory in Real Zaragoza's La Romareda stadium on Saturday 12 February 2005, although referee Fernando Carmona Mendez did not mention it in his match report. Eto'o…

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Football not the cause of sectarianism

Football not the cause of sectarianism

Celtic and Rangers have joined forces to deny that football is at the root of sectarianism in Scotland. Both clubs were represented at a summit on sectarianism which was hosted by First Minister Jack McConnell in Glasgow. Various groups, including educational bodies, religious groups and local government, took part in the discussion on how to…

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Neville doubts Nike’s motives

Neville doubts Nike’s motives

England defender, Gary Neville, has questioned Nike’s motives for their prominent anti-racist campaign. Neville raised his concerns after the England – Holland friendly on Wednesday 9 February 2005, during which Holland dropped its famous orange strip in favour of Nike’ black & white “Stand Up, Speak Up” kit. England, who aren’t sponsored by Nike, wore…

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International sides back anti-racism campaign

International sides back anti-racism campaign

Holland, Portugal and Russia are to wear special black & white kits in support of the anti-racist campaign instigated by Arsenal’s Thierry Henry. The sides, who wear Nike kit, are taking the unprecedented step as part of the high-profile “Stand Up, Speak Up” campaign. During Holland’s game against England on Wednesday 9 February 2005 at…

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UEFA increased racism related fine for Lazio

UEFA increased racism related fine for Lazio

Last week UEFA's control and disciplinary committee has rejected an appeal by Lazio against punishments for racist behaviour by their fans. UEFA maintained Lazio must play their next European tie behind closed doors for racist abuse of its supporters against FK Partizan Belgrade at the Stadio Olimpico in November. And it also imposed an additional…

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Top stars launch anti-racism campaign

Top stars launch anti-racism campaign

Thierry Henry, the Arsenal and France striker, and Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United and England, have launched Nike’s anti-racism campaign. The Nike wristband is part of their campaign, Stand Up, Speak Up led by Thierry Henry. Henry first wore the two black and white interlocking bands as he accepted the runners-up award at the World…

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