We are less than a year away from the World Cup in Brazil and as the big event is fast approaching there has been a lot of talk about racism and ways to prevent it in soccer. This past week has been about the World Cup qualifying games and as I was watching the games, I kept hearing the word “racism”. Racism exists in all sports, but I found it interesting that commentators, players, clubs, and even FIFA were openly speaking about the issue.
As I was looking at soccer videos on YouTube, I found this old video which still applies to today:
This video illustrates how soccer players of color all over the world, are discriminated on the field by other players, coaches, and off the field by fans and the media. Racism in soccer has existed for a long time especially against people of color. Many “white” soccer players practice racism because athletes of color threaten them. They think that their sport is being taken over and they feel like they are losing control. This racism in soccer reminds me of the article “Fear of a Black Athlete” by Dr. Ben Carrington because white soccer players fear “Black Athletes”. Any athlete who perform exceptionally well are seen as “subhuman or superhuman” and are often times discriminated by other athletes. In fact, racial slurs and jokes are heard at soccer games, especially in Europe.
The video above, although old, is very important because we see how racism was in the past eight years and can compare it to how it is today. Although there have been efforts to stop racism, it has not stopped yet.
In fact this past week the UEFA released a video in regards to their “No to Racism” campaign. Where players of different nationalities and races came together to fight racism in soccer. This video explains what will happen if soccer players, clubs, and fans practice racism. This video proves that racism still continues to be a major problem in the sport of soccer as well as other sports.
Do you think this campaign against racism will have any impact on other sports? Do you think racism will completely go away in sports like soccer, or will it continue to grow as time goes on? Do you think the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will be filled with racism by both the players on the field and by the fans off the field?