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Racism in Football

It’s stupid, and as much as I’d like to leave it at that here’s why I cannot. 

It dawned on me the other day whilst thinking about the football players I admire, the fact that I like the game of sport, as well as my enjoyment that is taken away from the game, a game, that should unite people who share one thing in common; football. Now although I’m not a football writer or expertise in the intricacies of football (especially the off-side rule – which I was slowly starting to get but VAR has complicated the issue) I am – a fan. I enjoy watching the Premier League and tune into the World Cup till this day. 

Everyone I knew growing up had a team they supported. People I know now, have their favourites and the point I’m trying to make is that football is going nowhere and hear to stay. So, why oh why is there such a thing as racism in football. Is it a closet thing or does it represent a wider part of a society where racism lies, whether it’s undertones or at work? 

No one can deny there are traits of it here within football in the UK, which in its entirety makes no sense, given the Black players that make up the league alone. From Raheem Sterling (one of the best players in Europe), to Rashford and Lukaku, the list goes on and they’ve all spoken out against racism. Just last month, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham too. Having missed a penalty against Liverpool in the Super Cup, Abraham went on to say: “I had a lot of abuse…I wasn’t going to shy away from the situation,” continuing “it’s not nice to hear especially seeing your son getting abused.” https://edition.cnn.com/videos/sports/2019/09/09/tammy-abraham-chelsea-racist-abuse-uefa-super-cup-football-spt-intl.cnn 

He continues his stand against racism speaking before his recent game, England V Bulgaria. With the recent England Vs Bulgaria match, there was commotion during the game with chants that could be heard in the crowd. These were in fact – ‘racist chants aimed at England players.’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7578687

It’s appalling and needs to be stamped out, as well as sports in general. More people should be speaking up on it particularly the higher – level-ups. Drilling into people’s minds, that nothing of the sort will be tolerated; such as match bans for the perpetrators, and full support being shown to players who choose to walk off.

The idea to ‘stick it out’ and ‘play on’ is fine, if its the player’s own decision but if a player wanted to walk off, who am I or anyone else to oppose it? If not that, larger fines should be given to the opposing team, maybe that way the coach will be fed up of having to foot the bill due to ignorant fans. If these things continue, I believe everyone (at least in football) should make a stand even if you weren’t a part of it. It was just ‘a few’…or ‘we are not going to let others ruin the game’ might resonate, but not with everyone, not all the time.

Imagine having some type of system in place with 3 strikes and you’re out, no home games. Implement this with away games perhaps; not travelling as an attendee neither, to the point fans would be forced to put up and shut-up rather than missing out. 

Prejudice, discrimination and racism will always be a thing unfortunately and stamping it out completely – well hell would need to freeze over, but there is hope. Hope because we have players that are speaking out and social media that helps to capture; who when what, the why, well maybe a bigger conversation has to happen amongst the association/leagues.’ On the upside, England won 6-0 so what we can take is that with determination and keeping your eye on the prize, you will and can succeed. 

It appears the ‘England manager Gareth Southgate and the FA plan to conduct personal checks on players/staff amongst concerns that the abuse left victims shaken.’ dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-7577189 

Victims being shaken including players being affected is why this thing needs to be tackled. Still, it seems the manager who can’t be faulted, is doing something to address the issue. Speaking after the match he stated: “We knew that if anything happened in the second-half we were off; the referee had said the same…” It’s great that the players worked as a team and in the face of adversity, went on to thrash Bulgaria to be fair. A conversation, followed by an action plan still needs to take place so that there’s ownership, and maybe someone can use their power to rid it from the sport. 

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/sports/2019/09/09/tammy-abraham-chelsea-racist-abuse-uefa-super-cup-football-spt-intl.cnn

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7578687/Five-Bulgaria-football-fans-arrested-racist-chants-Nazi-salutes-aimed-England-players.html

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-7577189/Harry-Kane-Gareth-Southgate-call-tough-sanctions-UEFA.html

Countdown & Resolutions, Part 2

 

There’s something about December, when you begin to reflect. Less than two weeks to Christmas, just under three weeks to the new year it happens all the time. I think about what needs changing, and after binge-watching an entire series of Fresh-Prince, here I am with “Feel Rich” on Netflix. Other than my cold, I’m feeling good. The holidays are near and what I want for the New Year remains unchanged; living my best life, better finances and expanding my blog. But while I know what I want, knowing what I don’t want will mean me sailing through-2018. One of the things I can’t stand, is to argue. So far so good. Still, there are people who will expect you to be honest and ask this of you, (it happened to me) and if it doesn’t fit with their way of living or meet expectations, they’ll argue with you. Since I love to write I appear to know what to say, it’s all words right? If you know me, you’ll know I hate, I mean despise arguments. I’m not talking debates and all that good stuff, I’m talking round and round and round we go.

I’m not going to argue

I was tested with this a few weeks ago over a post I wrote. The minute I saw (name, anything, guys…) lemon. The minute I saw the angle Lemon was coming from, I left him with the last word. So Lemon made a comment then I replied. Then he replied to my reply, and I saw where it was going so I said ok. (In my mind) and that was that. I didn’t care how I looked or if the impression was, that I had nothing to say. For all I knew, I wasn’t going to argue. Honestly, it was liberating. I had no regrets over keeping quiet-which brings me to a recent encounter. So I was asked a question, but questioned on my reply. Then questioned again and again, as if I wasn’t telling the truth? It was important I made things clear, but going back and forth wasn’t my intention. I couldn’t get to the real issue, without addressing what had become the focus. Mistakes I’d made before, was explaining, making sure the point was brought home at least…Lime, won’t take it the wrong way.

Have I Got News

What I’ve realised is, even if you have the best intentions someone somewhere, will always take it the wrong way. I have come across someone who said they love arguing, which is so funny to me now but you see, there are argumentative people who will call themselves out.

Moving Forward

I tend to move on and forget about the events that took place where an argument is concerned.

Don’t forget

Practice what you preach (this goes for me). I’m only human, no buts… When I blog I don’t look back, it’s like I never wrote it. But I’m going to need this, and a few others too.

Finally Moving Forward

There was no other way to put it. I laughed a little but I’m serious, so stay with me. If asserting yourself leads to an argument, it’s them and not you. It’s a control thing. Disagreements will happen and opinions are here to stay, but people who have few boundaries are going to cross yours. For as long as I’ve made my point, there’s no need to prove it. Sorry goes a long way too. It doesn’t always mean you’re in the wrong, rather a sign of maturity & that you’re willing to be the bigger person. Here’s to a drama-free 2018, being snowed under with my Lemon-Tea oh and I can’t talk, I’m on voice-rest.