Athens derby gets ugly06 December 2004

Ugly scenes of racist chanting have brought shame upon the Athens derby between Olymiakos and Panathinaikos on Saturday 4 December 2004. During the game, second-half substitute, Emmanuel Olisadebe was repeatedly subjected to “Monkey chanting” from the home fans. The abuse was so loud it could be clearly heard on TV. It is unclear whether any stadium officials took any action over the abuse or whether it is mentioned in the referee’s report.

Nigerian born Emmanuel Olisadebe made a reputation as a penalty box predator whilst playing for Polish club Polonia Warsaw where he led them to a league and cup double in 2000. After gaining Polish citizenship, Olisadebe was instrumental in the Polish squad’s World Cup 2002 campaign, the first black person to play for the national team. He has worked with FARE partner, Never Again to break down racial barriers in his newly adopted country.