Posted by sean on October 21, 2019 at 10:02 pm in Football with 1 Comment

There has been a worrying and disturbing trend, which has been developing throughout football over the last year. Racism.

Thankfully, I don’t think that the problem has grown. This is despite the fact that worrying incidents are reported in the news all too frequently.

Instead, I believe that fans and players are not prepared to put up with such disgusting behaviour anymore and are making a stand against it. By speaking out, reporting examples of hate crimes and saying “no to racism”, the wider public now learn of incidents that they would have been oblivious to in the past.

It is a good thing that people are saying “enough is enough”, but obviously not good that they have been forced into taking such actions in the first place.

In my time watching Bath City, Leeds and England, I have never encountered any racism. That’s not to say that it doesn’t happen – including at non-league level!

I must admit, I was shocked to learn that racism had infiltrated the non-league game. It would be ignorant to say that such discrimination doesn’t exist at this level of football, but like many football fans, I always felt non-league was almost a “safe haven” from that kind of thing.

The good news is that the two offending Yeovil fans were arrested this morning.

I can only imagine how the shameful incident took place, and would be willing to bet that lots of alcohol was involved.

I am aware of a small group of football fans (I won’t say which club they support), who, on occasions, have been known to enjoy the odd pint or ten, at games.

While they have never displayed any form of racism, and to be fair to them, I don’t think for one moment that they ever would; they have been known to shout obscenities at players and the club management, following a disappointing defeat. They are in no way hooligans, but their undesirable behaviour is no doubt influenced by alcohol.

This does make me wonder if the two Yeovil fans involved in the disgusting display, had been on the booze all day. This is in no way excusing their behaviour.

In fact, I am of the belief that people often express their true feelings, while under the influence. Therefore, if a yob shouts racist abuse while drunk, he probably has racist thoughts while sober. Basically he’s a big, fat racist.

So, was it worth it, young Glovers (Yeovil’s nickname)? A few minutes of what no doubt seemed like fun to you at the time – but in reality made you look like a terrible human being .

Your “fun” caused the abandonment of an FA Cup tie, upsetting two football teams and no doubt thousands of fans worldwide.

Your cruel words would have caused more hurt, distress and heart ache than you could possibly imagine.

Your club – little old Yeovil – made international news. Pity it was for abhorrent reasons and therefore makes your club look like scum, when in fact, the only scum at Yeovil is yourselves.

Your fellow fans will hate you and have brought shame upon your family. If found guilty, you’ll be banned from watching live football – hopefully for life.

That job you go to every day, in order to pay the bills – you’ll lose that. Oh, and good luck in getting another – although The Daily Mail newspaper may take you.

It is excellent that football is starting to take the issue of racism and discrimination, but so sad that it remains an issue.

One Response to Say No To Racism

  1. lucy

    October 28, 2019 - 3:46 pm

    yeh! well said ! yes it is good the footballers making a stand. it reflects well on them who are often seen in bad light themselves.

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