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.
“I thought the racist chanting was just a passing fad, but it seems to be coming more widespread and more vitriolic. Sometimes a club can do something about it, but it is the journalists and the white players who can send the strongest messages against the abuse. A white player like Deco coming and hugging me and celebrating with me when I score a goal is a powerful message, and journalists have to write about it in the papers, and talk about it on the radio and television.”
Several clubs have been fined for the racist behaviour of their fans this season, but the Spanish Football Federation has only taken action if referees reported the incidents.