Black football players: victims or or protagonists?

December 22, 2012 in Blog

"Chelsea vs Manchester City : 2" by Crystian Cruz (Flickr - CC BY-ND 2.0)

“Chelsea vs Manchester City : 2″ by Crystian Cruz (Flickr – CC BY-ND 2.0)

What is it about football as a sport that makes it so difficult for those who control and regulate it to even conceive that black players could exercise their right to self-organisation and self-defence against the racism they suffer?

It will soon be 20 years since Herman Ouseley kick started the Kick Racism Out of Football campaign.  Yet, an unprecedented number of racist incidents involving players, a referee and fans during 2012 have led Lord Ouseley to threaten to resign as Chair of Kick It Out (which Kick Racism… became in 1997).

In a speech in London last week, he lamented the fact that English football has become complacent about race. He is quoted as saying: “I believe there has been a collective failure on the part of people running the game” (Mihir Bose, Evening Standard, 11 December 2012).

Since 2001, Kick It Out (KIO) as a campaigning anti-discrimination organization has held a week of action annually. Read the rest of this entry →