Saturday, March 8, 2008

European Racism in Soccer

I recently came across this piece on You Tube concerning racism that exists in the world of European soccer. It is an interesting and disturbing piece, especially in light of how people often hold up Europe as being high class societies. This is one of the reasons that I would never visit most of Europe.

8 comments:

Miriam said...

I don't understand something. If they are such great players, then they have clout. Why don't they refuse to play in certain countries?

I think that's about the only leverage they have.

Ehav Ever said...

I don't think they have that kind of clout. You have to remember that some of the players are getting hit with racism at their own home stadiums. Refusing to play at certain games can mean having to refuse to play at maybe half or more games. Also, this is Europe we are talking about. Europe is becoming a hotbed for racism and antisemitism. As was mentioned at the end of the video the leagues have to start doing something about this.

guerreiranigeriana said...

this is really sad...i worried for my brother who wants to go play in europe...it's amazing that even home team fans will taunt their own players...it is very sad...disheartening because this [soccer] should bring people together...

Sincerae said...

Hi Ehav,

I just discovered your blog while looking for photos of Sephardic Jewish women in traditional costume. I added you to my blog roll.

I think the problem is a combination of the soccer culture in Europe and genuine racism. I have known a lot of Europeans and I have traveled there. I have never experienced racism from Europeans, but I am an African-American woman and the attitudes about black women is a little different. Also the circles I have moved in were with highly educated and broadminded Europeans, so maybe there is a difference there than if I were at a soccer game.

I have lived in Turkey, and they have a lot of black socccer players. The Turks seem to worship their black players more than they do native Turkish players. I have never gone to a match there because soccer is the province of the Turkish male and I really do not want to be around a lot of profanity and obnoxious behavior anywhere if I can help it.

Very interesting post:)

Ehav Ever said...

guerreiranigeriana -Yeah, I hope everything goes okay for your brother and that he gets on a team that supports him. It is really sad that people would bring that kind of hatred to a soccer game.

Sincerea -Thanks for checking out my blog and welcome. There does seem to be some difference between how African or African American women are treated vs. men. I personally would treat soccer the same way I treat hockey. In terms of going to a game, there just seems like to much that is happening in the stands for me to feel safe.

Felicity said...

In the UK, we had a lot of trouble with football, racism and it has been stamped out to a some extent, but in Eastern Europe. Black footballs players get a lot of racist abuse. Even in Spain and Italy, the clubs need to be fined hard and I mean really hard and when they have lost out financially, then many clubs will change their behaviour.

Ehav Ever said...

Hi Felicity,

Thanks for checking out my blog. Do you think the fines though will work to control the fans?

Yochanan said...

I've also heard that they make hissing sounds at Jews to imitate gas chambers.