Racism : The Dark Side Of Football Essay

1896 Words Sep 20th, 2016 8 Pages
Football, known as soccer in the United States, is ranked as the most watched and played sport in the world. With more than 240 million people who regularly play it, the sport has grown to be the most popular in the world (FIFA). What no one acknowledges after all, is the dark side of football, which includes homophobia, corruption, and most commonly racism. Racism has been a persistent problem, especially in Europe since it “first appeared around the 1970’s when England’s black players were habitually pelted with bananas, ridiculed with monkey-type grants, and subjected to chanting for no other reason than their ethnicity” (Cashmore, and Cleland 11). Since then, there have been countless anti-racism campaigns that attempt to minimize and eventually curb racism in football altogether. Large organizations such as FIFA, The FA, and even UEFA have taken initiatives to try and combat the long history of racism in football. However, their impacts have been subject to much criticism because they have failed to show significant progress. If the biggest football organizations in the world’s efforts are clearly having an insignificant impact on the fight against racism, then is fighting racism in football in general a lost cause?
The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has had a history of problems involving racist comments, gestures and even physical abuse toward the darker skinned players. Due to this constant problem, FIFA has worked to establish a “Good…

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