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Soccer racism

Those who ignore racism are bad sports

Picture this. As the visiting team's national anthem is played, a small but vocal minority of the home crowd expresses its discriminatory sentiments with whistling and hostile chanting. During the match, the home fans continually jeer the opposition players, visiting supporters and officials. It gets worse when the home team are defeated and the fans intensify their racial abuse by pelting opposition players and supporters with whatever objects they have at hand.

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Friday, 14 June, 2013, 4:02pm 1 comment

Football hooliganism in Hong Kong? Filipino fans claim racial abuse

Hong Kong football fans were accused of racial abuse, including yelling “you’re all just slaves”, as an international friendly turned not-so-friendly at Mong Kok Stadium on Tuesday night.

5 Jun 2013 - 4:43pm 78 comments

Short Soccer, January 17, 2013

South Korea's retired 2002 World Cup hero Ahn Jung-hwan said he was cold-shouldered and subjected to racist slurs from Marco Materazzi during his troubled time with Serie A side AC Perugia.

17 Jan 2013 - 2:27am

Storming off the pitch won't stop racism

Is having a strop, stamping one's foot and storming off the pitch the solution to stopping racism? It is if you're Kevin-Prince Boateng, who was racially abused in a recent friendly match between his Serie A side AC Milan and fourth division team Pro Patria.

30 Jan 2013 - 11:58am

Sports Digest, January 8, 2013

Li Na beats heat and McHale in Sydney

8 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Soccer Digest, January 8, 2013

Saunders takes over from fired Solbakken at Wolves

7 Apr 2014 - 8:08pm

'Ref rage' rears its ugly head, again!

When will there be real respect for the Respect campaign? It has been four years since the English FA introduced the campaign to support match officials, which took its cues from Fifa's values in promoting Respect for the Game.

4 Jan 2013 - 1:40am

Return to standing at games an option

"The gladiators enter the arena, the field of praise - Saturday's weather perfect for the occasion." So opens a short documentary by the BBC news programme Panorama, made in 1964. The presenter was at Anfield to report on the sociological phenomena aka The Kop, the famous terracing where the Liverpool fans stood, swayed and sung their hearts out - all 28,000 of them.

15 Dec 2012 - 3:00am

Racist fans are fouling the 'beautiful game'

Football likes to call itself "the beautiful game". That will not and cannot be true as long as some of its fans remain so disgusting.

30 Nov 2012 - 2:20am

Keeping recordings of referees is sound move

In the aftermath of Chelsea's quashed racism charge against referee Mark Clattenburg, there are noises being sounded out to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

30 Nov 2012 - 2:20am

Bad behaviour on the pitch deserves zero tolerance

What exactly is "inappropriate language"? Players, coaches and supporters have difficulty defining this but match officials know the answer. It's their job to know.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:00am

Manchester United are hoping to bounce back after Chelsea defeat

Manchester United will try to return to winning ways when they face Arsenal in the Premier League at Old Trafford today.

Victory for Alex Ferguson's men in the day's early kick-off match will see them replace leaders Chelsea, if only for a few hours, at the top of the table and provide their fans with an upbeat end to a week that saw them knocked out of the League Cup.

3 Nov 2012 - 4:17am

Short Soccer, October 27, 2012

All Whites face China in Shanghai friendly

New Zealand will play China in a friendly match in Shanghai on November 14, it was announced yesterday. The match will allow All Whites coach Ricki Herbert to experiment with his line-up before New Zealand hosts Oceania's fourth round of 2014 World Cup qualifiers in March next year. AFP  

27 Oct 2012 - 4:15am

Racism is just one form of vile abuse

What is the worst kind of verbal abuse a person can throw at someone? Clue, it's not racial abuse.

This is not to diminish the seriousness of racial abuse, which continues to be a blight on the beautiful game, with the latest powderkeg at the Under 21 European Championships qualifying round between Serbia against England.

26 Oct 2012 - 3:33am

Rio Ferdinand faces punishment after snubbing anti-racism T-shirt

Alex Ferguson has vowed to deal with his defender Rio Ferdinand after he refused to wear a "Kick Racism Out of Football" T-shirt before Manchester United's 4-2 victory over Stoke at Old Trafford.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:41am