Thursday, 17 November 2011

Sepp Blatter and Twitter chatter.

Blatters comments regarding the level of racism in football have sparked mass hysteria around the world, but what did he actually say? Quite a lot actually.. but the two items that really sent the social media networks into hyperdrive were:
  • He claimed that racism was not a problem in football.
  • He stated that on pitch racism should be resolved by a handshake after the game.
These comments have caused uproar in the world of football; players and ex-players, pundits and the media are unanimous in their disgust and the calls for Blatter's resignation are louder than Timmy Mallette's wardrobe.

So, here is my view...

Is racism a problem in football? Yes. Is racism a problem in society as whole? Yes. However, in my experience racism in everyday life is far greater than anything I have witnessed on a football pitch.

I have heard all manner of obscenities on a football pitch (e.g. the referee's a w*nker, you fat b*stard, your Mum is a &*%$, you're going home in a [insert relevant town/city] ambulance) to name but a few. Why is it ok for these slurs to be settled by a handshake but not racist ones? By placing racist insults on a pedestal above all others and by being so sensitive to them are we not perpetuating the problem? I am not condoning racist insults, but they are no worse (or better) than insulting someone because of their weight, religion, sexuality etc.

Calling someone a "black c*nt" on a football pitch does not necessarily make someone racist. On a football pitch 'namecallers' will pick the most obvious and effective line of attack in order to put their opponent off their game. The insults they dish out are not necessarily indicative of their views on race. For example, I believe that John Terry did call Anton Ferdinand a "black c*nt" - but I do not believe that John Terry is a racist (he's just an uneducated, unsubtle, arrogant, nasty b*stard.) The real racists would never be so overt in their declarations for fear of being outed.

Blatter should go and make way for Platini. Not because of these comments, but because of his stalling over goal-line technology, the corruption within FIFA, and the fact that he was elected for another term without any opposition. He may be a racist, but his comments are not racist. The X-Factor generation love a witch hunt and Blatter is perfect fodder.

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