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Lydia Johnson on: Racism - Kick it out of everything, not just football
I AM not a huge sport fan, as anyone who knows me will tell you.
But when I heard about footballers boycotting their team shirts to push the Professional Footballers Association to do more to fight racism in the game, I couldn’t think of anything better to write about.
This news goes hand-in-hand with the news that Burghill Rangers refer to themselves as the ‘ultimate community club’ – proud that a number of their players come from countries such as Poland, Romania, Zimbabwe and Egypt.
It’s amazing really that players even have to boycott their shirts, or that a campaign to ‘Kick Racism Out Of Football’ even has to exist, but it does.
With so many incidents of racism in football recently – the John Terry incident, and the abuse of England Under-21s defender Danny Rose by fans in Krusevac, Serbia – it’s obviously an issue.
It’s hard to understand how someone can think they’re better than someone else because their skin colour differs from their own, or they’re from a different country.
There will for many years to come be various creases to iron out in society, and not just in the UK, and of course not just in sport – racism is just one of them. But football is a good start.
So how about we all try talking to someone, or getting to know a person, before we judge them because of their nationality or the colour of their skin.