Once again a Premier League weekend has been ruined by a few moronic fans who think Racism is okay. No-one is talking about the masterclass put on by Kevin De Bruyne as Manchester City came from a goal down to easily beat second placed Leicester City 3-1. No-one is talking about bottom of the table Watford beating 13 time Champion Manchester United 2-0 or Mikel Arteta watching his new Arsenal side for the first time draw 0-0 with Everton. Instead everybody is talking about Antônio Rudiger and the abuse he received from a section of Tottenham fans that is uncalled for and unwarranted in this day and age.
And rightly so! Nothing else should matter. It should be the center of all Premier League talk shows and podcasts for the foreseeable future, with the hope it finally pressurizes the Premier League, Football Association and Professional Footballers Association into much needed action.
This is the second time in 15 days a player has been subjected to this sort of treatment with Fred and Jesse Lingard victims of abuse during the Manchester Derby earlier in the month, yet it continues to happen.
According to Kick It Out, an organization that tries to tackle discrimination of all kinds, discrimination in both professional and grassroots football rose significantly in the 2018/19 season with reports up by 32 per cent. Racism was the most common, constituting 65 per cent of reports – a 43 per cent rise from 2017/18. How is this still acceptable as we enter a new decade in just over a week?
Well a quick read of the Kick It Out website informs you that ‘The FA have not informed Kick It Out of the outcome in seventy-nine per cent of the 109 cases reported in grassroots football. Forty per cent of these reports were from youth football (under-18). Of this figure, The FA have not informed Kick It Out of 80 per cent of the County FA verdicts.’ This screams “Lets just push it under the rug” doesn’t it? Where’s the accountability? Where’s the name and shame? These same people could still be attending games. Or worse, playing.
Rebecca Lowe asked her colleague Robbie Earle how Rudiger would feel during NBC’s post game discussions and you can’t help but notice the cracking of his voice as he nears the end of his point by saying “It hurts. It really hurts.” No player, former player, coach or person in general should ever have to feel this way. EVER. And I applaud Robbie Earle for being able to articulate his points during what must have been a really difficult time for him, having suffered racial abuse during his playing days.
Gary Neville, a former player and current media pundit in England, had some very harsh words on Sky Sports after the game, calling out politicians, the Premier League, FA and PFA to stop pointing fingers at other countries and fix their own problems. Sky didn’t come out of it good though as host David Jones reminded the audience these were only the views of Neville and not of Sky. So Sky condone Racism? If so can I get that in writing from their owners Comcast? Jones has since apologized but the damage has already been done.
There is no place for racism in Football or any sport for that matter and the quicker these morons are banned from every sporting event available to them the better.