Player slams Spanish lack of action24 February 2005

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 us because of the colour of our skin. We, and especially our families, are suffering. It was getting to the point where I was thinking more about what they were saying to me than I was about the game.”

Morales faced a torrent of racial abuse during the league match between Getafe and Osasuna on Sunday 20 February 2005. He had considered walking off the pitch as a result of the abuse he received from a section of Getafe fans.

No teeth
Getafe were fined a paltry 600 euros by the Spanish Football Federation. Malaga were fined the same token amount after racist incidents in their league match against Espanyol – a match in which the referee stopped play due to the levels of abuse.

Spain's sports minister Jaime Lissavetzky met with the presidents of the RFEF, the Professional Football League (LFP) and the Players' Association (AFE) on Tuesday 22 February 2005, to discuss tougher measures to combat the problem. One serious measure they could introduce immediately would be to make all Spanish clubs endorse the FARE/UEFA 10-point-plan of action.