Thursday, 17 November 2011

Sepp Blatter and Twitter Chatter.





Blatter's 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 social media in to hyperdrive were:
  • The claim that racism was not a problem in football.
  • The claim that on pitch racism could be resolved by a post-game handshake.



His comments have caused an uproar in the world of football; players, ex-players, pundits, the media and the general public alike are unanimous in their outrage. Their cries for Blatter's resignation have become 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 that I have witnessed on a football pitch.

I've heard all manner of obscenities on the football pitch and the surrounding terraces. "You fat b*stard", "the referee's a w*nker" and the entire catalogue of Mum slurs, and o 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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