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Racism in football

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Source: IE

The La Liga game between Valencia and Real Madrid had to be temporarily stopped after the Brazilian footballer Vincius Jr’s said he was racially abused by a fan.


Some of the ways of Racism in football are:

  • Monkey chants directed at black players during matches
  • Racial slurs and insults hurled at players
  • Lack of diversity in club ownership and leadership positions
  • Underrepresentation of black referees at the top level


Other examples:

The racist incident involving England players Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, and Bukayo Saka after they missed penalties in the Euro 2020 finals. They received online racist comments and abuse, highlighting the persistent issue of racism in football.


Usage: These examples can be used to highlight the ethical issues of Discrimination and inequality; lack of respect and dignity; biased media and representation