March 01, 2013

Racist Red Card


KT POOLIE reports on racist abuse


The football authorities have launched an inquiry into the management of the growing number of racist incidents at clubs throughout Europe.

A furious Mr Blatterini urged authorities to act swiftly and follow their lead or suffer severe censure: “There is no excuse for such outrageous behaviour at a football match and national organisers must act with the utmost speed and energy to stamp out this cancer from our game”.

His comments follow cases throughout Europe at major clubs where black players are frequently subject to vile invective from a substantial number of supporters. Just last month one player, with the support of his team mates, walked off during a match in Italy following vitriolic abuse from the stands.
"national organisers must act with the utmost speed and energy to stamp out this cancer from our game"
“Failure to take decisive steps causes unnecessary anxiety and cheapens the game in the eyes of the public.”

The international body has now put in place a fast-track blame management structure which can issue fines and three-match bans to the abused players before the game has finished.

“Oh, and to be fair”, continued Blatterini, “we also send a harsh letter to the club asking them if they would mind asking the perpetrators to tone it down a bit next time.”