I can’t believe that in 2012 we still have idiots who are prejudice against people for the colour of their skin.
England under-21’s 1-0 victory over Serbia last night was marred by racist chanting and monkey noises.
England full-back Danny Rose couldn’t take it anymore and after the final whistle was shown a red card for kicking the ball into the crowd. The gesture then led to a mass brawl with Serbia players and officials getting involved.
Danny Rose was a victim of racism throughout the game, yet it was the England full-back that received a red card. He wasn’t the one who should have been punished, it is the idiots in the stand that should be punished.
Rose told Sky Sports: “It started when we went out for the warm-up. I told Wigs (Steve Wigley, assistant manager) what was happening and he told me to try and get through it, that it would be dealt with after the game.
“The fans started with monkey chants and in the second half two stones hit me on the head as I went to get the ball for a throw-in. After about 60 minutes, my mind wasn’t on the game. I was angry. It was so hard to concentrate that I made a few mistakes.
“When we scored, after 90 minutes’ abuse, I obviously expressed my emotions. The next thing I knew, all the Serbian players surrounded me, started pushing me, and then a brawl broke out”
I am not surprised that he was angry it would be hard not to be angry after such abuse and then to be man-handled by some of the Serbian players just added insult to injury. Rose was very unlucky to receive the red card and the least that FIFA can do is overturn it.
The problem with the type of people that act this way is that they are not properly educated. Some eastern European countries are very insular. Unlike more develop countries Serbia is not a multi-cultural society. However, that is not an excuse for what went on last night.
The racist chants and monkey noises are used to try and intimidate opponents. To his credit Danny Rose kept his cool for a long period, but couldn’t at the final whistle. In the circumstances I think his actions were very understandable.
FIFA now really need to take severe action against Serbia and Rose has called for a ban. I think he has a point. FIFA have warned and fined Serbia before for their fans poor behaviour.
The fine isn’t going to affect the fans that are actually carrying out this action. A ban would serve as a notice of intent that FIFA mean business when it comes to kicking racism out of football.
If this incident had happened in England for example FIFA would be taking a harder stance. Football’s governing body seem to have one rule for England and another for other countries.
A ban of Serbia from competitive action would show that FIFA mean business and they are taking racism seriously. That action may be unfair on the people of Serbia that wasn’t involved in the incidents though.
Maybe FIFA could allow Serbia to play games, but behind closed doors. I know this is a common action in other countries and would mean that the Serbia national teams could still play games on home soil.
However, FIFA have yet to release a statement about the incident. The head of FIFA Sepp Blatter has made some poor decisions in his time in office, but now is the time to make a good one.
If Blatter doesn’t give Serbia a severe penalty then it will look like FIFA are supporting racism. I very much fear that the punishment for Serbia won’t fit the crime of a minority of their supporters and the country’s FA will probably get a fine.
What punishment should be given to Serbia for the racist chanting during last nights match?