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Monkey Noises In Soccer and Racist Slurs in Football

Updated on November 5, 2013

Considering we are almost in 2014, I am of the opinion that there are some things which people should come together and talk about more often – things such as racism and bullying. At some point, people should say: “enough is enough”.

News broke yesterday of a Miami Dolphins player (Richie Incognito), who allegedly bullied another player (Jonathan Martin) on the team, going as far as calling him a “half-nigger” (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9926139/richie-incognito-miami-dolphins-used-slurs-messages-jonathan-martin), as reported by ESPN. This landed Mr. Incognito a suspension from the team, until further investigations.

This sort of disrespectful attitude is certainly not exclusive to football. In soccer, a sport which I follow due to my European up-bringing, stories of racial slurs are often in the news. And they are not coming just from one country, or one group of fans. The stories vary.

A few years ago, a Liverpool striker, Luiz Suarez was suspended for eight games and fined forty thousand pounds for making racists comments towards a Manchester United player, Patrice Evra. One would think that having one or two such cases come out in public, things would turn for the better. Not so.

Last week, UEFA started an investigation regarding “monkey noises” coming from the fans of CSKA Moskow, in their game against Manchester City (http://asia.eurosport.com/football/champions-league/2013-2014/city-to-go-to-uefa-after-toure-subjected-to-monkey-taunts-in-moscow_sto3977365/story.shtml). Of course, the Russian team’s spokesperson is denying the allegations and the findings of the investigation are still pending but with such cases appearing in the news year after year, I tend to think that this happens more often than it is even probably reported.

Only last year, we had Serbian fans involving themselves in racist chants and “monkey noises”, in a game between England and Serbia (http://vnnforum.com/showthread.php?t=147113). This last link which I posted also shows a comment at the bottom of the article which reads things such as: At least we still have a proper, healthy understanding of nigger and treat it as such.”

Racism and bullying are obviously alive and perhaps even flourishing in some groups of people and I do not think that the United European Football Association or the National Football League can solve this problem. What I think we can do is speak more often and with more conviction about such things and together, try to find solutions.

All these people who make such comments are at one point or another, condoned by those around them. More so, these people have families and friends. Are they all racist bullies, or do they just chose not to speak-out, as to not cause friction? I am not sure of the answer here.

What I am sure of, is that this type of disrespectful and hurtful attitude must change. One person cannot create the needed change but when people unite and speak with one voice, things do change. We cannot possibly allow bullies and racist individuals walk around hurting other people for their own pleasure.


Note: My photograph, London, England, May, 2013

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    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "What in the heck are people thinking when they are positions to influence so many other young minds?" - Great question, Mrs. Handlon!

      My guess would be that they are not thinking about that much. Hence, I wrote this article with the intent that more thought will be given to this issue.

      Thank You very much for your visit and comment.

      Cheers! : )

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      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      It's so sad to see how this has grown through the years and across the world. It shows signs of hostility, insecurity and just plain ugliness. What in the heck are people thinking when they are positions to influence so many other young minds? It is a sad state of affairs and I'm glad you brought this out in the open.

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I agree with You, Mr. EricDierker: "It is foolish and empty." And that is precisely why, I think this nonsense will actually stop sooner than later.

      I can stop watching the games too but then, I would rather we all play nice. : )

      Thank You for taking the time to stop by and comment.

      Cheers!

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for stopping-by, The Stages Of Me.

      You said it perfectly: " If only we could walk in the shoes of another ".

      All the best!

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I speak with my viewing. I stopped watching these games and matches. I do not like it. When I played both balls pro and college and high school. It was not allowed. We dealt but not in a horrific way. BBall was crazy racist.

      I am now a racist. I love to recognize races. I like being mistakenly recognized. My wife is full breed. So my son is half breed. And still no one knows mine. For I am adopted and look half Native American and half Basque and half Italian --- go figure. I am indeed Black Irish first generation immigrant.

      Who are these who claim race? They may be my brothers. But they have no idea what love means. I bow with knife in hand, if you understand that, then you understand my breed. If you do not then you do not understand race.

      My people do not give a dang about your taunting or machinations of words. It is foolishness and empty. But also we will not watch it.

    • The Stages Of ME profile image

      The Stages Of ME 

      5 years ago

      So pleased this hub sheds a light on a serious sadness in our world. If only we could walk in the shoes of another as we are all the same on the inside. To this end it remains pain is pain. If we could all be peeled as we will one day and see the heart that lies in each and everyone of us. Blessings

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hello Mr. Diogenes,

      I am glad UEFA is at least taking things seriously but I don't really know what to say regarding to why such incidents still take place; especially in sports, which are generally there to bring people together, to have fun and so on.

      I do have faith that eventually we we all learn to grow up and respect one another for the content of our character and not the colour of our skin.

      Cheers!

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for your comment, Mr. Billybuc.

      You are very right in saying that such things should not be happening either in a playground, or the NFL field and I think that is a great point to make because if it is happening on the NFL field, it is more than likely happening in playgrounds ...

      I think talking amongst friends and family members about such matters can help.

      All the best!

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      diogenes 

      5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      We are so permissive and non-racist here in Britain as a rule, but this name calling has started up again lately and is getting severely dealt with.

      Bob

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hello my friend. We are in total and complete agreement that awareness must be raised about bullying and teasing and taunts. This sort of thing, whether it be on the playground or an NFL field, is unnecessary. It has been fascinating reading about the football events of late; some of the comments have shed great light on professional sports and that pervasive sick attitude that accompanies that sport.

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