Soccer is arguably the world’s most popular sport. The recent World Cup in South Africa which drew unprecedented global viewership reinforced that notion. Being a sport, soccer has also been heralded as a beautiful game that unites people from different cultures and backgrounds. However, the above video (shot before the last World Cup in 2006) reminds us that racists and extremists sentiments still linger in the game, especially in western Europe–a region that doesn’t really have a vibrant history of civil rights or anti-discrimination movements.
Why do you think such sentiments persists even today despite all that has been done so far to stamp out and curb racism?
Do these incidents affect the potential value of sports as a vehicle against prejudice and discrimination? Should more measures be taken by the respective governing bodies?
Are there similar incidents in Singapore? Does our lukewarm reception toward our China born national peddlers suggest a similar problem/issue?