FIFA just created new anti-racism task force. Sigh! Better late than never. The last couple of years players of African and Latin-American descent have been harassed, taunted and physically assaulted by opposing players and fans. I just want to watch a game not have to keep track of the racial slurs. Drink every time somebody makes a monkey noise! Is not my idea of fun.
So what is FIFA proposing?
Fifa president Sepp Blatter said: “We have to work on two fronts. First on education, and for that Fifa has a fantastic network through its 209 member associations. But besides that, we also need to have stronger sanctions.
But haven’t the fines and sanctions against players and teams helped?
“We have seen that fines achieve little, but point deductions and exclusion from competitions could be more effective measures.”
So what will make this task force helpful? Are you not trying to fight against ingrained culture?
We will now have a task force with experts in this area who I am sure will help us achieve our objective of kicking discrimination and racism out of football.”
I wish FIFA the best. I am also very cautious of what it really will be able to change. Racism needs more than a task force for us to be rid of it.
What do you think? Check out the article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22349598