The Guardian has an interesting article looking into recent racist incidents ahead of England’s Euro 2004 game against Macedonia, and previews FARE’s Action Week. The piece highlights the fact that racism is very much still a problem in British football.
“I thought in the last couple of years racism had been cut out of the game. But you read things, you hear things. These things need to be cut out of the game because they’re not good for the people involved and not good for the game.”
Although racist abuse is worse in some other European countries, Kick It Out is not complacent about the situation in the UK. Last year police made 46 arrests for racist chanting and behaviour inside football grounds.
“There’s a lot more that clubs could do in fighting racism. They could make it clear to fans that they will not tolerate this behaviour and that those who racially abuse will be thrown out of stadiums. Football has to take a stand and has to get more involved in devising schemes to fight racism.”