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Now Dani Alves is the subject of racial abuse

Jan 31, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

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The Barcelona defender claims Real Madrid fans at Santiago Bernabeu verbally assaulted him during Wednesday afternoon’s Copa del Rey semifinal. He also said he experiences similar taunts in stadiums all over Spain.

The headline in papers around the world are his words that the fight against racism in stadiums is “a lost war,” but he also expressed a desire to see “drastic measures” imposed upon teams whose fans verbally assault players. So maybe he doesn’t think it is such a lost cause?

And it’s not. It’s horrible we have to keep hearing about these instances, but every time we do, we get a little closer to solving the problem. From Alves’ statement to Jozy Altidore’s poised interview and Kevin-Prince Boateng’s response, the issue continues to come to the forefront.

For too long, racism in soccer has been something to ignore, something that was brushed under the table by team management, league officials, and the bigger bodies. The players are the ones who need to force the change. It seems that they are starting to realize the power they have and how they can wield it. We, as journalists and fans, should do everything we can to support the cause.

  1. charliej11 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    To all the morons out there from Russia to Spain and beyond making these stories possible:

    Happy Jackie Robinson’s Birthday !
    From the land that for the most part figured out you are idiots even to other idiots.

  2. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Sadly expect this to continue and grow given the economic conditions to worsen.

    • krimsonyx - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      We Americans try to act like we’re better than Europeans in this aspect, but we’re not. The difference is that their racism is overt. Our racism is covert.

      • cktai - Feb 1, 2013 at 6:39 AM

        The main difference is the composition of football crowds.

        Over here in Europe, many of the hardcore supporter groups are disenfranchised radicalized young men who see sports as a way to express their hatred in an anonymous manner. Many of these men are fairly normal well-behaved in their usual social settings, but the anonymity of a large vocal testosterone filled group will turn them into gibbering morons. The behavior of football crowds does not even remotely reflect European society as a whole, or even the crowd of other sports.

        Although in the case of Den Bosch, it were not the hardcore fans that misbehaved, but the fans that only show up for big games such as the cup game against AZ. People that look for opportunity to misbehave under the pretense of supporting a football club.

      • geojock - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        Clever little play of words there, but what exactly do you mean? Are you implying that Americans are covert racist instead of overt racist? Does that mean that you think that Euros are overt racist, but not covert racist? Not too clever if that is what you think. If that is NOT what you think then it defeats your other argument because if Americans = covert racist and Euros = covert & overt racist then Americans > Euros. All of this of course is assuming that all this rampant overt racism is going on in America which I don’t believe. But I don’t have a American guilt complex that forces me to hate this great nation.

  3. seanb20124 - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    He should sue!

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