How to fight racism in football ?


Rome, Milan, Cagliari…. After several years of calm, Italian football has seen the old demon of racism awaken in recent months. Between monkey cries, insults, and other anti-Semitic messages in the stadiums, explanation of a phenomenon reinforced by a society in crisis.

If it has always existed, there are several reasons why racism has returned to the forefront. The first is quite down-to-earth, and affects the decline in attendance at Serie A venues. « As the stadiums get emptier and emptier, and the hard fringes continue to attend the matches, the percentage of fanatics in the stands is increasing, » says Toscano. Before, they could only represent 5 % of the audience, but today we can reach 20 %. »

But the main one, the real cause, is societal: if Italian football is going wrong, it is first and foremost because Italy is drifting.

« There is an increase in anti-immigrationist sensitivity in Italy, notes Toscano. The xenophobic Northern League is credited with 36 % of the votes in the polls in the next European elections, and had made 17 % in the legislative elections last year.

Football is only a revealing factor, and since the context in Italy is worse than before, it is felt in the stadiums. Racism in Italian political life today has almost become normal. This is very worrying. »

A major question remains: how to curb racism in the world of football, in Italy as elsewhere ? As Yaya Touré pointed out a few days ago, the authorities regularly take offence at incidents in the stadiums, meet, and… decide nothing.

For Toscano, « we must continue to repress, this is fundamental. Teams can’t say they don’t know. No one can stand above the melee, not even Juventus, » he said.

At present, sanctions in Italy consist either of fines for clubs or in camera in the most serious cases, such as Inter’s against Naples.





    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

On the same subject

Boeing’s CEO embarrassed in front of the US Congress

Boeing’s CEO embarrassed in front of the US Congress

356 vues
November 4th, 2019 0

Tuesday and last Wednesday, October 29 and 30, Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing’s CEO, was summoned...

Women soldiers trained in the protection of cultural and tourist property

Women soldiers trained in the protection of cultural and tourist property

257 vues
October 29th, 2019 0

Some 40 women members of the Lebanese, Iraqi and Jordanian armed forces, as well...

CWT appoints John Pelant as Chief Technology Officer

CWT appoints John Pelant as Chief Technology Officer

237 vues
October 18th, 2019 0

CWT, the B2B4E travel management platform, today announces the appointment of John Pelant as...