The biggest issue in football today.
The issue that should have been kicked out of the game about twenty years ago still haunts the game at this present time. Racism in football has gotten so ridiculous and it has gotten so out of hand that it has lead to Manchester City's star central midfielder, Yaya Touré to suggest that black players will boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Touré said this after City beat CSKA Moscow 2-1 in their most recent Champions League tie. Touré believes he was racially abused on a persistent level throughout the game by the CSKA fans. This an accusation which really made people around Europe forget about the success City had gained from their win on the road.
This of course isn't the first case of racism in football. There have been many problems with racism just over the past year.
When people think back to Kevin-Prince Boateng getting racially abused by the fans of Lega Pro 2 side Pro Patria in a mid-season friendly which lead to him walking off the pitch and the match being abandoned. This happened on the 3rd January 2013.
Another case of racism which has been recent too is the infamous England vs Serbia U21 match which ended with Danny Rose getting sent off for kicking the ball into the crowd as he walked off the pitch to monkey chants and abuse from the Serbia players.
The Serbian FA denied there were any racist chants - meaning that Danny Rose and the rest of the England U21s are dirty lying cheats. Danny Rose walking off to abuse lead to a massive outbreak of brawls between fans, players and coaches. This happened on the 16th October 2012.
From just these two incidents, it is very clear that racism must be erased from football before 2018. That's if Sepp Blatter is still planning on having on of the biggest sporting competitions in the world at the still in the dark ages country that is Russia.
Cardiff City striker Peter Odemwingie said today that since he left Russia in 2010, racism has gotten worse - not the thing people want to hear since Russia are hosting a major tournament which will include teams like Brazil and Ivory Coast in less than five years.
Surely if racism has gotten worse in Russia in just two years, it'll only get even more worse by 2018, which will make the whole World Cup a real fiasco.
I have always found it tough to understand that FIFA would choose for a nation which is notorious for things such as racism to host the World Cup or the European Championships.
I mean, just look at the Euros last year in Poland/Ukraine. England players Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain told their parents to not come out to watch because of the chance of getting racially abused.
If I could, I would pull the World Cup out of Russia and instead give it to the second best bidder as I think the problem with racism in Russia cannot be solved in just five years and it may never be solved.
Who knows? Even if racism is stopped in Russia, then racism will have to be ended in Poland, Ukraine, Serbia, Italy, Spain - even the UK! It is a task which will take more than five years. But this doesn't mean that some parts can't be resolved now. For example, the England vs Serbia situation should have been resolved by the head of UEFA, Michel Platini.
Platini should have used his governing powers as head of UEFA to punish and come down hard on the Serbian FA by giving their national team(s) a ban from all competitions and friendlies for maybe say 9-18 months - showing that these will be the consequences if racism happens.
Racism needs to be cut out - it is destroying the beautiful game which is football. Overshadowing the greats that are Pelé and Messi because of the comparison people make between a black person and a monkey. It must end before things get out of hand like boycotting representing your national team on the biggest stage of them all.
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