Standing Together: Racism in Dutch football

Standing Together: Racism in Dutch football

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #24

Racism continues to occur with unacceptable regularity on the terraces around Europe and beyond, but after an incident in Dutch football the country’s top two leagues are taking a stand.

Ahmad Mendes Moreira, who is a black Dutch-born professional football currently playing for second division side Excelsior in the Netherlands, was subjected to racial abuse from the early minutes of his side’s clash with Den Bosch.

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Brescia handed partial stadium closure for pjanic racial abuse

Brescia handed partial stadium closure for pjanic racial abuse

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #2

Brescia have found themselves the latest Italian football side to be embroiled in a racism scandal involving their fans, with the newly-promoted Serie A side being handed a partial stadium closure order as punishment for racial abuse aimed at Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic.

The Bosnian international suffered the abuse from Brescia supporters after scoring the winning goal in Juventus’ 2-1 victory over the side. Pjanic was targeted with chants of a phrase which translated to “gypsy” in English.

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FA to investigate controversial tweet by Manchester City star Bernardo Silva

FA to investigate controversial tweet by Manchester City star Bernardo Silva

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #1

The Football Association is set to investigate a tweet posted by Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva widely condemned as racist on social media.

The controversial tweet appeared to be in reference to his teammate Benjamin Mendy and was deleted later the same day.

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John Barnes is right in saying that to tackle racism in football, you must fix it in wider society

John Barnes is right in saying that to tackle racism in football, you must fix it in wider society

Racism shouldn’t exist in football. No discrimination should. That much goes without saying, and yet as seen when England faced Montenegro in Podgorica on Monday, it still very much does even at the highest levels of the game, and is the result of a much wider societal issue.

I took genuine time in debating whether or not to write this article. In truth, I actually didn’t want to at first.

However, racism has once again reared it’s ugly head and become such a major issue this week in football that it feels wrong to ignore. And ignoring it would be part of the problem, too.

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