As someone who knows absolutely nothing about football I’m inclined to say there is no racism in football, after all every team has black players and one would assume that if the football teams and managers were racist there wouldn’t be so many black players in the game.
However, if the question, is there racism in football from the fans, then without a doubt the answer is a categorical yes.
Quite how the racist supporters can boo and make monkey noises when a black player of the opposing side gets the ball and I assume keep perfectly quiet or even cheer when the same situation is played out by a black player in the team they support I find hard to understand.
I don’t watch football but was listening as my wife watched the England Italy game for the Euro Cup thing and from her protestations it seemed the Italians were not exactly playing entirely fair and were fouling players left right and centre, although I have no idea if it was aimed specifically at black players
One thing I know for a fact is that there are a considerable number of racists who are football supporters as I know of groups of black people being turned upon in pubs, who after peacefully watching the game were set upon and made to leave the pub by other supporters and I have heard of black people being assaulted in the street after the match, although I don’t think it was reported in the news anywhere.
Frankly I’m very glad I don’t like football as the actions of some of the supporters is despicable and I get far more pleasure from supporting a sport where British people actually win on a regular basis, I am referring of course to Formula 1 motor racing.
In the same time as England has won the World Cup once, the World Motor Racing Championship has been won by a British man on 20 separate years and by 15 different drivers, the most recent being a black man called Lewis Hamilton who has won it 7 times.