Red card for foot­ball racism

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - AGENDA -

When­ever you watch a tele­vised foot­ball match you see things from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive to the fans at the game. For a start, the an­gles are dif­fer­ent and you find your­self gaz­ing at close-ups of the crowd. Cor­ners and throw-ins are alarm­ing be­cause you see the full ag­gres­sion and ha­tred of in­di­vid­u­als in the crowd di­rected at op­pos­ing play­ers, man­agers and coach­ing staff. But you do not see many in­di­vid­u­als dragged from the crowd. We have seen it again with vile racist abuse from an Aberdeen FC fan to­wards a Celtic player in the Dons-Celtic fi­nal. The video is shock­ing and has been con­demned by Derek McInnes and de­fender Shay Lo­gan. Hope­fully, the of­fender will be un­masked as an ex­am­ple to oth­ers, but the de­press­ing thing is that he is just one of many fans at many clubs who do the same thing at ev­ery match with ap­par­ent im­punity. It is a stain on the game. Of course fans let off steam and pas­sions run high. We can turn a blind eye most of the time, but not when it crosses the line.

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