Football is a game that brings people of different backgrounds together. It cut across culture, origin, religion, skin color, beliefs among many others. Football governing bodies have been in the frontline to fight racism one of the greatest problems facing the football world.
A slogan “Black lives matters” was adopted and players were required to take on one knee in solidarity to show their commitment to the fight against racism. However, recent development has seen this slogan under criticism with Crystal Palace Ivorian player Zaha becoming the first player to “stand tall” while other players were on their knees.
Ranger’s players were left furious after their Finnish playmaker was a victim of racist abuse in a Europa League clash against Slavia Prague. Kamara claimed he was “branded a “monkey.” by Slavia’s Ondrej Kudela.
As if that not enough, Glen Kamara’s racism drama took a new twist as hooliganism came at the show after a section of alleged Slavia supporters displayed a banner with racist abuse targeting Kamara.
Borrusia Dortmund midfielder Bellingham was also a victim of racist abuse during Saturday 2-2 draw game against FC Koln. Bellingham shared a screenshot of his abuse and deprecatory comments targeting her mother.
The Red Devil’s Marcus Rashford was also not spared after he lost a penalty against Crystal Palace. Radford responded to the racist abuse received online as “humanity and social media at its worst.”
Prior to the match featuring Zaha’s Crystal Palace against Aston Villa, the Ivorian was a subject of racism abuse. Zaha shared a screenshot of social abuse received on the social network, including abuse from the white supremacist organization known as the Ku Klux Klan.
Chelsea’s Reece James also received a disturbing message of racism that was directed to him on Instagram. Chelsea football club released an official statement stating
“Everyone at Chelsea FC is disgusted with the racist abuse Reece James received on social media on Friday evening.
“This club finds racism and all forms of discriminatory behavior completely unacceptable. We totally condemn it.”
Manchester United duo Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial have also been subject to racist abuse that doesn’t seem to end anytime soon. Just like his counterpart, Fred is the latest player from Manchester United to be on target.
Fred was blamed for his error that gave Leicester City a chance to score in a 3-1 defeat that saw United bundled out of FA. Ole Gunnar refused to point blame on him but the Brazilian was targeted by a sickening online troll.
Manchester United’s latest statement on racism read: “Manchester United has zero-tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination and a longstanding commitment to campaigning against it through our All Red All Equal initiative.”
Despite Instagram’s announcement last month of taking measures to deal with online abuse, including removing accounts of people who send abusive messages, and developing new controls to help reduce the abuse people see, the vice still continues. Indeed, something needs to be done if football has to regain the glory that is fast fading.