Telephone 0114 2587787 Email

Football Unites expected Spanish racism

Football Unites has been pressing UEFA to look into racist abuse in Spanish football for twelve months. The claims come following the disgusting scenes that England’s black players endured against Spain in a friendly mid-week. Throughout the match, the Santiago Bernabéu crowd “Monkey Chanted” England’s Jermaine Jenas, Ashley Cole and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Unanimous condemnation from footballers, the FA, media and politicians followed the match. Initially, the Spanish FA played down the behaviour of their fans, but was later forced to issue an apology after concerns from FIFA. A month previously, the Spanish FA refused to sanction their own coach after he publicly made racist comments towards Arsenal’s Thierry Henry. It is exactly this “Sweep it under the carpet” attitude that many believe has allowed the racists to gain such a strong foothold in Spanish football crowds.

Howard Holmes, coordinator of Football Unites, said,

“Ever since David Beckham moved to Real Madrid there has been a heightened interest in La Liga. It was evident that there were regular monkey noises coming from some sections of the Bernabeu, and Football Unites raised this as a matter of concern with UEFA back in October 2003.”

The English FA has lodged an official complaint with FIFA, who has jurisdiction over this match. FIFA have issued a statement expressing their concerns and will examine the incidents to see whether its code of ethics has been breached. Way back in July 2001, FIFA held an Extraordinary Congress in Buenos Aires about racism in football, during which far-reaching resolutions were passed.

Latest News

New FURD website is under construction
We are currently developing a new FURD website....
20 March 2018 view this news article in full
Young volunteers wanted for film-making project
Football Unites Racism Divides has been granted funding to work with young people to produce a short film exploring Britishness and British values....
20 February 2018 view this news article in full
Free social activities for asylum-seeker and refugee women
We run a free social group for women refugees and asylum-seekers at the U-Mix Centre on Wednesdays from 10.45am to 12.45pm. This is a great opportunity to make friends, have fun, improve your English, and keep fit through exercise and dance....
31 January 2018 view this news article in full
Cyrille Regis
Cyrille Regis 'We stood on his shoulders' said a tearful Dion Dublin in tribute to the way too soon passing of Cyrille Regis....
20 January 2018 view this news article in full
Could our Talent Match scheme help you?
Could our Talent Match scheme help you? Are you aged 18-24? Bored of doing nothing? Not in education, employment or training? Want to get a job but lacking confidence or motivation? Want to go on a course but can't afford it? Passionate about something and want to find a way to turn ...
3 January 2018 view this news article in full

All content, unless otherwise stated, is copyright of Football Unites, Racism Divides.