FA calls on FIFA and UEFA to come up with a structured campaign against racism
The Football Association of England is calling on UEFA and FIFA to devise practical solutions against racism in Europe’s football stadiums. This comes after a recent incident against England players in a 5-1 qualifier win in Montenegro on Monday.
Footballers Danny Rose, Callum Hudson Odoi and Raheem Sterling were at the receiving end of racist chants. Sterling and Hudson Odoi spoke candidly of the abuse and recommended more actions on the perpetrators of the sickly acts.
England manager and defender condemn the racist act
Gareth Southgate, England’s manager and his defender, Michael Keane, also came out in condemnation of the racist acts. Southgate also confirmed that he would be reporting the abuse to England’s football governing body. Michael Keane condemned the abuse on his teammates and called on UEFA for harsh punishments against the culprits.
Other agendas at the FA meeting
Besides racism, the Football Association also discussed the frequent pitch invasion incidences by fans. One of the notable offenses occurred when a Birmingham fan pitch invaded and assaulted Aston villa’s Jack Graelish.
Among its other agendas at the meeting was the announcement that they would be channeling more resources and funds into improving facilities at the grass root level. The FA announced the injection of 87 million euros to be distributed in equal amounts of 27 million annually to grass root football over the next three years.
A potential rebranding of FA to English FA was also discussed. The suggestion was under the advisement of Chairman Greg Clarke and outgoing FA chief executive Martin Glenn. The rebranding is in order to appease major governing bodies; UEFA and FIFA after fears that the current FA name is egotistical.
English racist incidences
English players with African ancestry have had their fair of racist incidents in and out of England.
Sterling is not new to racist chants subjected at him. In December, he was abused by a section of Chelsea home supporters as he collected the ball for a corner kick during their 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea suspended four people in relation to the incident.
Sterling took to social media to express his thoughts, saying the comments made to him were laughable and he expected no better. He also accused the media of fueling racism with the manner in which it portrayed young black footballers.
Chelsea’s Callum Hudson has also been on the receiving end of racist chants during their 5-0 demolition of Dynamo Kiev. The club made a formal complaint to UEFA after the incident in which they responded by confirming that an investigation was ongoing.
Just five months ago, a Tottenham fan threw a banana at Arsenal’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang as he celebrated the first of his two goals at the north London derby. The judge found the fan culpable and banned him from football for four years together with a fine for the incident.
The issue has also affected women championship games. Sophie Jones has been the latest culprit as she was banned for five matches and her contract consequently terminated by Sheffield following the racial abuse of Tottenham’s Renee Hector. She had been found guilty following the offense by an independent commission. She later announced her retirement from football.
Danny Rose has had enough
England defender Danny Rose seems to be fed up with the racial abuses. He revealed that he could not wait to get over his football career and was disappointed on how authorities have dealt with racism.
The 28-year-old was speaking after a 2-0 victory over the crystal palace in Tottenham’s new stadium. He called the current punishment against racism ‘a farce’ and said he has had enough.
Regarding the abuse at Montenegro, Rose admitted that he has programmed himself for such treatments even before traveling for matches. The wing-back believes that small fines, which equal to his London night entertainment, will change nothing.
Rose feels that he just has to get over it and enjoy the few years left in his career.
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