Racism is still very much alive

@sjlskl (3383)
Singapore
October 19, 2012 1:22am CST
There were disgraceful scene after the Under 21 match between Serbia and England. The players and coaching staffs got into tussle, apparently over the racist taunts that were directed at the black players from the England team. The Serbia staffs had came out and strongly refuted that the taunts were of racist nature. However, the videos of the match shows a different story. The host and its fan is guilty as charged. UEFA now has got an important decision to make. Ban Serbia from all competition to show that they are serious in kicking out racism or to keep quiet and let the incident blow itself over and thus showing the sincerity of the Kick It Out campaign. This is not the first time that Serbia is guilty of it and it won't be the last. So UEFA, please do something about it.
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@jkct02 (2860)
• Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
19 Oct 12
Kick it out! Let us all kick racism out of footbal - Kick it out! Let us all kick racism out of football!
To tackle racism, the authorities must come down hard on the offenders. Ban them, jail them, make them do hard labor! How could human beings look down on other human beings? Let us all work together to kick out racism from football!
@sjlskl (3383)
• Singapore
19 Oct 12
Coming down hard is definitely a good start. But from the punishment melted thus far, it is nothing more than a slap on the wrist. To the highly paid players, fine is nothing more than just some loose change. They should ban offenders for half a season and whole for repeaters.
@jkct02 (2860)
• Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
21 Oct 12
Yes, the authority should ban the offending players instead of a fine. But the authority must come out with very clear-cut terms and regulations on what constitutes racism offense and what are the punishments. It has to be transparent and provable. But we all know that it is not easy to prove in most instances.
@rappeter13 (8559)
• Romania
19 Oct 12
People should understand that even if you ban these things from the stadiums, the feeling will still remain in the people and will be even stronger. I think football is a tough sport and every kind of dirty language goes with it, it shouldn't be such a great issue. If you hate another team just because it is a rival then you are racist too. If you say something bad about a person who has a low IQ, you are a racist too. So this is not a real problem, there are bigger problems in football than dirty language, but UEFA and FIFA are making a big deal about this and try to hide the most important problems, like match fixing, bad refereeing and so on. Why should punish a team because somebody from the crowd shouts something bad? Football should be played on the field and the result should be what matters, not the environment. I am sorry, but I don't agree with banning teams out because racist behavior of the spectator. I consider that the majority of people are racist, if not because of the skin difference, then for social or quality differences.
@sjlskl (3383)
• Singapore
19 Oct 12
I don't think you understand the meaning of racist. It means to discrimination or prejudice based on race. Note the word race. If you hate someone due to social or quality differences, it is not racism.
• Romania
20 Oct 12
I understand the word, but it can be generalized and to make it a word for discrimination. For me, it is no difference between hating somebody because of skin color or because he is a fan of another team, or because he has low mental qualities.
@ram_cv (16515)
• India
19 Oct 12
It was really disgraceful scenes at Serbia. The way that the players were fighting at the end and pursuing Daniel Rose was really horrible. What was even more sickening was the fact that the Serbian FA now blames Rose of inciting the crowd. I think this is time for UEFA and FIFA to really show how serious they are about racism or is it just about launching catchy catch phrases like "Kick it out" campaigns. I would like to see the response from these bodies now. Cheers! Ram
@sjlskl (3383)
• Singapore
19 Oct 12
I suspect the punishment will be a couple of games behind closed door and nothing wrong than that. I doubt FIFA and UEFA have the guts to suspend Serbia from their competitions like World Cup or European Championships.
@riyauro (6425)
• India
19 Oct 12
yeah it is alive. That is why so much fight and arguments are happening in this world. racism is bad and people must not bring is into account anywhere. it will only destroy everything. I hope we could eradicate racism from this world. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
@Gollywog (1092)
19 Oct 12
I agree with you rappeter13 it will never end every country will have there problems every person thinks differently i wish for a peacefull world.
@subhojit10 (7377)
• India
19 Oct 12
Thanks a ton for posting this discussion. It was very much disappointing to see such a pathetic scene on the field. Yes racism is very much present in all the sports and players even if they have racist feelings should keep it within themselves and not by speaking such words that might hurt others. UEFA needs to take some strict action so that this incident does not occur in the future again. What say?
@sjlskl (3383)
• Singapore
19 Oct 12
Based on past incident, the punishment melted out by UEFA is simply too light. For example, Bendtner was fined 80k for revealing an unofficial sponsor during Euro while Lazio was slapped with a 32k fine for the fans conduct during the match with Tottenham. So they are effectively saying that revealing an unofficial sponsor is a worse crime compare to racism. With such soft and weak approach, it is no wonder that it is so prevalent in the game.
• Lithuania
20 Oct 12
Unfortunately, racism is a common practice, especially in rich countries like England, Spain, Italy..!
@jenny1015 (13376)
• Philippines
20 Oct 12
I think racism is evident in all part of the world. It is just so sad that some people would think that they are more superior than others.
@sjvenden27 (1846)
• United States
20 Oct 12
I think that the UEFA should ban Serbia for couple seasons at least!! Send the message that it will not be tolerated.. I wouldnt think that they should be banned too long.. or else Serbia will not recevie the message.. Just more hate to share at a later date or in another function that Serbia is active in currently... Racism will never disappear until understanding and acceptance is globally recorized.. I wish it was not true, but just keeping it real...
• United States
20 Oct 12
It is. Where I live in California, it would seem like something that is becoming a thing of the past, but it still exist here. It doesn't make any sense because we are such a mixed state. I can't understand why people have to have so much hate in them and why people still have to discriminate in this day and age.
@prashu228 (25536)
• India
20 Oct 12
yes, it exists, and a lot can be seen in our country. I think it depends on the people , we if need to come out of it , we should really work hard.
• Qatar
20 Oct 12
I agree with you. I can feel it here where I am working.Their locals get increase 100% for a very easy job and they are not even effective with what they are doing. But for for us none so far, only increase with work.
• Indonesia
20 Oct 12
racism is serious issue, especially in sport. Serbia vs England is not first of racism show, in local competition in European league ( such as BCL England league, Italian league, etc ), racism action is often happen. I heard that Serbia is reject to sorry for this case, so I think it's fair that UEFA give hard punishment from them. it's seems like very hard to stop racism in sport especially football, hope UEFA make new regulation about punishing team who involve in racism action
@jasmeena (850)
• Indonesia
19 Oct 12
Yeah it is ironic that we still witness racism in football. Sports actually is the same like music and arts, where people are appreciated regardless of their religion, race, skin color. I agree..Ban racist states from competing in world football competition.
• Bangladesh
19 Oct 12
May be people will be rearing racism subconciously though they conciously raise a voice against racism. But to be true, it will never be eradicated and speaking agaist racism is all just pratling.
@mariaperalta (19088)
• Mexico
19 Oct 12
Yes its sad. But racism is alive all over the world. Even here in Mexico we have it between gangs here. So, so sad. Hope it ends soon. Have a good one there.
@danoluma (817)
• Kenya
19 Oct 12
I believe it will take another century to kick racism out. It is much alive even between John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, even though Terry apologized but it means racism runs deep in the blood. Even in La liga you will find Racism thriving.