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Racism in football must be fought—but Tories have no answers

Issue No. 2290

The footage of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez refusing to shake hands with Patrice Evra, the black player he had previously racially abused, has reignited the row about racism in football.

Suarez’s manager Kenny Dalglish shockingly defended him. Both have since apologised, but are more concerned with the damage done to the club than the comfort they are giving to racists.

Liverpool FC only started to take the issue seriously when the club’s international financial concerns were threatened.

Arch hypocrite David Cameron is now planning a summit on racism in football. This is the same man who has inflamed prejudice with carefully planned speeches blaming Britain’s problems on “large-scale immigration” and the “failure of multiculturalism”.

Black player Rio Ferdinand reacted angrily to the row.

“I thought that era was gone,” he said. “It seems like it was just put to one side for a while.

“I hope it is just a group of small-minded people who are making it newsworthy at the moment and it can be stamped out.”

Racism is one of the ways the likes of Cameron keep control by dividing us. But every time racist abuse is seen as normal it makes it that much harder to fight the Tories and the bankers.

Racism has been challenged in football and on the streets by ordinary people getting organised.

For example, fans at many clubs from Leeds to Portsmouth have leafleted their grounds this season against attempts by the English Defence League to stir up racism on the terraces.

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What We Think
Tue 14 Feb 2012, 17:36 GMT
Issue No. 2290
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