Racism in football: institutionalised and ignored Watch
I myself attended the North London Derby. As an avid Arsenal fan, after a 4-2 win against Tottenham, I was in unbelievably high spirits at the end of the match. However, my mood was stumped when my phone began to flood with Instagram posts that showed photographs of a Tottenham fan throwing a banana skin at Arsenal forward Aubameyang.
Expecting front-page reports on the incident, it seemed to be almost swept under the rug.
Less than a week later, videos began to emerge online of Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling receiving a battery of insults and racial abuse from Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge.
Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, have revealed an increase in reports of discriminatory abuse for the sixth consecutive year, with racism the most common form of hate speech reported. In 2017/2018 over 214 incidents of hate speech were reported in the professional game, along with 201 incidents on social media and 105 incidents in grassroots football. Racism constituted 53 % of them during the 2017/18 season, a rise of 22 % from the previous year.
It is clear that the events of the past few weeks are not simply isolated incidences, but rather represent an institutionalised attitude and disregard towards racism that still exists within football.
Sterling himself called out newspapers and the media this week on Instagram, for helping 'fuel racism and aggressive behaviour'. Not enough action is being taken by the FA, not enough action is being taken by Chairmen and not enough action is being taken by the media to tackle racism in football.
There is no place for racism in football, there is no place for racism anywhere. What we must learn from the past weeks is that more action has to be taken from above and that the FA, the media and the fans must all work together to eradicate abuse in what is otherwise a beautiful game.
Whenever son heung min comes on and off the field in a Tottenham game they show the Korean fans dancing and celebrating in a corner e.g.