Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Racism Abounds



On March 3rd and 4th, the Unite Against Racism conference will be held in Warsaw, Poland. The conference is a partnership between UEFA, the players' union FIFPro and the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network designed to deter racism both on and off the pitch. Sadly, this can't come soon enough.




Although Lyon were happy with their 3-1 victory over Le Havre to cement their place atop the Ligue 1 standings, the game was marred by John Mensah (seen above) receiving 2 yellow cards. The reason for his angry play on the pitch appears to be the racial insults hurled his way by a Le Havre supporter, who was eventually arrested in the 55th minute.

The entire Olympic Lyonnais club has rallied around the Ghanaian defender. Gaffer Claude Puel has stated publicly that he should have substituted Mensah when it became obvious that the player was psychologically affected by the racist taunts. In addition, club president Michel Aulas noted that the taunts began during warm-ups and were directed towards Kader Keita, Frederic Piquionne and Karim Benzema as well as Mensah, but that the latter seemed to bear the brunt of the "monkey noises" that were made.

Really? Monkey noises? Why can't people just make Titus Bramble jokes?

7 comments:

Precious Roy said...

Disgusting.

But we're still cool with sexism, right?

Lingering Bursitis said...

One -ism at a time, PR, one -ism at a time.

Mike Georger said...

Listen, France isn't part of the military wing of NATO; I say we use this whole nuclear sub accident as an impetus for invading France and finishing the job our forefathers started.

The NY Kid said...

C'mon now, Georger. We're 1 of only 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council. Yes, the UN is completely useless, but we're there dammit! You can't just invade us all willy-nilly.

Mike Georger said...

Who's gonna stop me? You? The Maginot Line? I don't think so!

Andrew said...

LB says, "only one -ism at a time" and no one, NO ONE, makes a joke involving "jism." I expected more from you all.

ΓΌ75 said...

I prefer the spelling "gism". I tried to think of a joke, but failed.