Registered: Mar 2004
Local time: 04:36 AM
Location: The Historic City of Portsmouth, England
It happens more in European football than in British football. I remember last season a coach of either Spain or a spainish club said something racist about Thierry Henry and was dealt with very quickly by the FA.
I was very lucky in my club because for the last few season I had the man who made the 'Kick Racism out of Football' campaign, Shaka Hislop. Mind you it would be very hard to have a racist team or racist supporters down here at Portsmouth, what with the majority of our team being from other countries and of all racises and colours.
Ron Atkinson was very unlucky really. He is one of the old managers who used to say thing that are considered racist now but weren't back when he was a manager and he was caught buy ITV. Back when he and Jimmy Hill were managers they used to insult their black players and get insulted back, it wasn't a big deal.
I think most of it is blown out of proportions now anyway. If you say something slightly racist the media will jump on it, mis-quote you in some papers, and you'll be labled a racist for the rest of your days.
It can be very unfair.