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Racist, hooli­gan: same dif­fer­ence Hlasela ma­futha

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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

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