Racist, hooligan: same difference Hlasela mafutha
When violence broke out between Russian and English supporters at the Euro 2016 football tournament under way in France, authorities wasted no time in dealing with the matter. A R2.5 million fine was slapped on the Russian Football Union and a suspended expulsion sanction issued in case of the country’s fans not behaving. French police were on hand to deal with the violence, detaining several Russian fans who wanted to follow their team from Marseille to Lille.
This high-speed action is what football’s powers that be should execute whenever ugliness taints the beautiful game. In the recent past, we have witnessed numerous racist incidents in football, such as supporters throwing a banana at Barcelona’s Dani Alves, and AC Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng walking off the pitch during a game in protest against racist chants. These were shameful moments that should not be allowed to be repeated.
So while Uefa’s hard stance against hooliganism is praiseworthy, how much more so would it be if the same no-tolerance policy was applied to racism.
Football’s governors should be as decisive about racism as they are about crowd violence. Fifa and continental associations should find ways that make racism more of a deterrent to fans than the slap-on-thewrist sanctions currently applied. The penalty should hurt fans as much as it hurts clubs and countries. Many have wondered why Juju has lost those chubby cheeks and appears to be trimming down. On June 16, he cleared up the matter – but not before ridiculing the one man he makes a living out of attacking, Number One.
Talking in Secunda, Juju said: “You can see Zuma lost weight because ihlasela mafutha [a quick weight-loss concoction]. I lost weight because I go to gym, but Zuma lost weight from EFF pressure.”
Not done, he added: “When they give you a yellow T-shirt [imprinted] with Zuma’s face, do not sleep in it – you will get nightmares. Use it to block wind in your shack.”
EFF leader Julius Malema