By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
When Will Fans In Certain European Countries Enter The 21st Century?
MIAMI, FLA.—Black players from England’s National team were recently subjected to monkey chants and serenaded with chants of “If you’re not a fuc***g Black, jump up and down.” Usually defenders of such actions try and minimize it, saying it’s only a few people who do this or they really aren’t racist, they’re just trying to get under the players’ skin.
The Spanish Football Press Officer, Fernando Garrido tried to blame the British press of stirring up trouble.
“Were there racist chants against some players? This hasn’t happened in the Spanish league and Spain for many years,” he said. “So you (English reporters) should ask yourselves what you have done to contribute to all this.”
The whole situation began a month or so ago when Spanish coach Luis Aragones, in an attempt to “motivate” up and coming Arsenal player Jose Antonio Reyes referred to his club teammate, France’s Thierry Henry as a “Negro de mierda” which translates to “Black piece of [excrement].”
It only got worse. Anytime star English defender Ashley Cole touched the ball, he was greeted with monkey chants. The chants were loudest when Shawn Wright Phillips came on as a substitute in the 2nd half.
It’s time that FIFA & UEFA start getting hard-core in their responses to this foolishness. Deducting points from World Cup or European Championship qualifying would be a start. Heavy fines and bans is another.
But FIFA & UEFA needs to act soon.
England didn’t just lose as a result of this foolishness.