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Old Jan 8th, 2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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Scotland striker tweets racist rant



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/foo...ist-tweet.html

Anti-racism campaigners called on the authorities to punish controversial Hibs and Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths after he sent a racist tweet to one of his Twitter followers.

The SPL's joint leading goalscorer is being investigated by Lothian and Borders Police and the SFA - and faces separate disciplinary action from his club - after a heated exchange with one of the 13,000 Twitter users who follow him on the social network site.

Griffiths is understood to have told Livingston-based tweeter Zak Iqbal to: 'F*** off back to your own country ya clown' during a heated exchange on Thursday night.

The 22-year-old striker, whose loan deal at Hibs from English Championship side Wolves looks likely to be extended until the summer, later apologised and deleted the message before closing his account.

But Show Racism the Red Card last night described his comment as 'totally unacceptable' and challenged Hibs, the SFA and the police to dish out appropriate punishments.

A spokesman said: 'Show Racism the Red Card is saddened by Hibernian FC player Leigh Griffiths' tweet to one of his followers.

'We wish to see a Scotland free of racism and condemn all incidence of racism across social networking sites, in football and wider society.

'Online racism is as serious and damaging as face-to-face racism and the comments made by Mr Griffiths were totally unacceptable. We feel the negative reaction to these tweets are indicative that the majority of people in Scotland are in agreement with us.

'Mr Griffiths appears to have realised the grave error he made and apologised to Mr Iqbal and the general public.

'He'll now face possible punishment by his club and the Scottish football authorities. We hope the matter can be dealt with swiftly by the relevant authorities.



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In less than 48 hours, European football has produced two remarkable events, one on the pitch, one off it. On Thursday, the AC Milan player Kevin-Prince Boateng led his team off the field in protest at persistent racial abuse from a segment of the opposition crowd. And in the hours since, there has been not a single word of criticism levelled against him, nor his team, nor the officials who let the players go. Italian football professes itself shamed. But that's no reason for British football to feel smug.

In the past, a player who responded to racist taunts by kicking the ball into the crowd, as Mr Boateng did before walking off, would have been treated more as villain than hero. When England under-21 player Danny Rose did just that during a match against Serbia last October, he was sent off immediately, one more statistic in the long history of acceptance of the unacceptable. The European football authorities are notoriously lax about punishing clubs with racist fans, imposing fines that are usually less than a single Premier League player's weekly wage. This time, though, there has been no talk of retribution from the Italian Football Association. Both Uefa and the FA have been silent.

It is hard to think of a more effective weapon against abusive crowds than denying them the game they came to watch. But what is now a regular – and effective – part of the official armoury against violent behaviour has yet to be used against the racist chants that are still heard at matches everywhere (including England). The FA talks the talk, but fails to back up lofty sentiments with the kind of action that would tackle the blatant inequality in every aspect of the game off the field. Only after the Reading player Jason Roberts refused to wear the Kick It Out T-shirt in protest at the feebleness of last autumn's campaign (whose highlight was changing the kit rather than changing the rules) did the players' own body, the PFA, respond. Its six proposals – including a variation of the Rooney Rule, which would require at least one candidate from black and minority ethnic groups to be interviewed for any senior coaching job – might one day make a difference.

But they will take time, and time is an increasingly scarce resource. The crisis in the economy is exaggerating faultlines in society. Political rhetoric comes perilously close to making scapegoats of particular groups, and in hard times it is all too easy to turn people against one another. For all the headlines it generates about sex and sin, football still performs an important role as a setter of cultural norms. In that context alone, the lack of official, meaningful effort against racism is a disgrace. The lesson from Milan is that the best weapon against institutional inertia is solidarity.

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Europe? Football crowds are the slag of society. And even our slag is much better than your slag.
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In less than 48 hours, European football has produced two remarkable events, one on the pitch, one off it. On Thursday, the AC Milan player Kevin-Prince Boateng led his team off the field in protest at persistent racial abuse from a segment of the opposition crowd. And in the hours since, there has been not a single word of criticism levelled against him, nor his team, nor the officials who let the players go. Italian football professes itself shamed. But that's no reason for British football to feel smug.

In the past, a player who responded to racist taunts by kicking the ball into the crowd, as Mr Boateng did before walking off, would have been treated more as villain than hero. When England under-21 player Danny Rose did just that during a match against Serbia last October, he was sent off immediately, one more statistic in the long history of acceptance of the unacceptable. The European football authorities are notoriously lax about punishing clubs with racist fans, imposing fines that are usually less than a single Premier League player's weekly wage. This time, though, there has been no talk of retribution from the Italian Football Association. Both Uefa and the FA have been silent.

It is hard to think of a more effective weapon against abusive crowds than denying them the game they came to watch. But what is now a regular – and effective – part of the official armoury against violent behaviour has yet to be used against the racist chants that are still heard at matches everywhere (including England). The FA talks the talk, but fails to back up lofty sentiments with the kind of action that would tackle the blatant inequality in every aspect of the game off the field. Only after the Reading player Jason Roberts refused to wear the Kick It Out T-shirt in protest at the feebleness of last autumn's campaign (whose highlight was changing the kit rather than changing the rules) did the players' own body, the PFA, respond. Its six proposals – including a variation of the Rooney Rule, which would require at least one candidate from black and minority ethnic groups to be interviewed for any senior coaching job – might one day make a difference.

But they will take time, and time is an increasingly scarce resource. The crisis in the economy is exaggerating faultlines in society. Political rhetoric comes perilously close to making scapegoats of particular groups, and in hard times it is all too easy to turn people against one another. For all the headlines it generates about sex and sin, football still performs an important role as a setter of cultural norms. In that context alone, the lack of official, meaningful effort against racism is a disgrace. The lesson from Milan is that the best weapon against institutional inertia is solidarity.
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I'm so glad he did this. If the fans can't conduct themselves like normal human beings then they don't deserve to be entertained by anyone. I hope this course of action becomes the norm in such circumstances.
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The racist taunts is no surprise but kudos to both teams for walking off the field.

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AC Milan midfielder Kevin Prince-Boateng walked off the pitch after being racially abused during his side's friendly at Pro Patria.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

AC Milan friendly game abandoned following racist chanting
Kevin Prince-Boateng leads players off the field during game against Pro Patria
Section of crowd abused Milan's black players before game called off midway through first half
Milan boss hits out at 'uncivilized gestures'

(CNN) -- This season matches across Europe have been punctuated by repeated outbursts of racism and on Thursday AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng took matters into his own hands after leading his side off the field of play after being subjected to racist abuse.

Ahead of the resumption of the Serie A season at the weekend, the German, who plays for Ghana's national team, was targeted by fans of fourth division side Pro Patria in a friendly during the match along with a number of other black Milan players.

Milan's website reported M'Baye Niang, Urby Emanuelson and Sulley Muntari were the targets of racist abuse.

The game was suspended midway through the first half when Boateng, who was visibly upset by the chanting, picked up the ball and kicked it into the crowd.

After the incident, Boateng tweeted: "Shame that these things still happen... #StopRacismforever."

The 25-year-old ripped off his shirt in disgust before being joined by his teammates and opposition players in walking off the field.
Soccer racism in Eastern Europe Soccer racism in Eastern Europe
PFA chairman: Serbia should be banned
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Fan group calls on team not to sign black players


"We are disappointed and saddened by what has happened," Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri told reporters.

"Milan play for the right to respect all players. We need to stop these uncivilized gestures.

"We are sorry for all the other fans who came here for a beautiful day of sport.

"We promise to return, and we are sorry for the club and players of Pro Patria, but we could not make any other decision.

"I hope it can be an important signal."

Italian Football Association president Giancarlo Abete also hit out at the unsavoury scenes and announced an investigation into the incident.

Abete said in a statement on the Italian FA website, www.figc.it: "No sanction or measure can erase the disdain for an unspeakable and intolerable episode.

"We must react with force and without silence to isolate the few criminals that transformed a friendly match into an uproar that offends all of Italian football."

Eto'o: We can't wait until a black player gets killed

Boateng is not the first footballer to take a stand over racist abuse.


Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o threatened to leave the field back in February 2006 after being subjected to racist abuse and pelted with bottles during a game against Real Zaragoza.


The Cameroon forward, who now plays for Anzhi Makhachkala, tried to walk off only to be persuaded to remain by then manager Frank Rijkaard.

And in 2011, Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos walked off the field after a banana was thrown at him during a Russian league game.

Carlos, who was 38 at the time, was playing for Anzhi in the city of Samara in the Caucasus region. The Brazilian is now Anzhi's team director.

After picking up the banana, Carlos walked off the field visibly upset before sitting on the bench.

Ahead of the European Championship finals in Poland and Ukraine, UEFA president Michel Platini had urged players to allow the referee to deal with the problem of racist abuse, and stressed that officials could stop games if necessary.

Platini: Referees will deal with racists

"It is a referee's job to stop the match and he is to do so if there are any problems of this kind," said Platini

However UEFA has come under criticism for the punishments it has handed out rearding racist abuse.

UEFA appeals Serbia sanctions

In December UEFA appealed the decision of its own disciplinary committee after the Serbian Football Association was fined $105,000 for improper conduct by Europe's governing bogy following allegations of racist abuse during the under-21 game with England.

That fine was far less than that handed out to Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner, who was forced to pay $125,800 for exposing boxer shorts with the logo of an online betting company during the European Championship Finals.

Last year, Manchester City officials were infuriated after the club was fined $40,000 by UEFA for taking to the pitch late for a Europa League game -- $13,000 more than Porto's sanction for fans' racist abuse during a game against the English team.

Milan's squad captain Massimo Ambrosini gave his backing to Boateng's actions, insisting a "message had to be sent against uncivilized people."

New 'dark age' for English football, or a new dawn?

"I am sorry for all those who were at the stadium but a strong message had to be sent," said Ambrosini.

"AC Milan will make an effort to go back to Busto Arsizio especially for the children and for those who have nothing to do with racism but a message had to be sent against such uncivilized people."

AC Milan director Umberto Gandini added on Twitter: "Very proud of the Milan players who decided to walk off the pitch today for racist abuse from few idiots! No racism, no stupidity!"

Milan returns to league action on Sunday against Siena.

Pato

Meanwhile, World Club Cup winners Corinthians has announced it has agreed a $19.6 million deal with Milan for Brazil striker Alexandre Pato.

The 23-year-old, who joined Milan in 2007 from Internacional, scored 63 goals for the Italian giant during his five-year stint with the club.

But his career has been hampered by injuries in recent years, with the forward managing just 11 appearances last season and seven so far this campaign.

"In the coming days, Pato, who will wear the number seven shirt, will undergo a medical and then sign a four-year contract," said a club statement.

Milan confirmed the deal on its official website: "AC Milan can announce that Alexandre Pato has been sold outright to Sporting Club Corinthians Paulista."

In an open letter on the club's website, Pato said: "I wish to salute and especially thank everyone. From the president to the many people I worked with in these unforgettable years at Milan.

"I am going to Brazil, to Corinthians, so I'll have the opportunity to play consistently. It will not, however, be easy to forget Milan.

"I will always be tied to this jersey, the club colours and all the Rossoneri fans. Above all at this moment my thoughts and my biggest thanks go to them."
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Yes. Absolute support to everyone in the Milan organization who supports this move.
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More like 'the football world', rather than Europe....

This is football. A sport that attracts the worst of the worst...

This is sadly a common occurrence at matches - especially in the east.
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Europe? Football crowds are the slag of society. And even our slag is much better than your slag.
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This is football. A sport that attracts the worst of the worst...

This is sadly a common occurrence at matches - especially in the east.
how thoroughly sweeping and offensive those comments are. every weekend all across the globe, millions of people go to football matches. if you expect that you won't get a few troublemakers, a few racists, a few morons out of millions, then frankly, you're nuts.

these people should be punished, the authorities should do more, but football is supported by people across every part of society. these people aren't just racist at football, they're racist full stop. only a total clown would fail to see that racism isn't a footballing problem, it is society's problem. it isn't like sexism, racism and practically every other ism don't exist amongst tennis fans, rugby fans or whatever, just that football is faaar more popular so there are more people involved.
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May I repeat, can't we all just get along?
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More like 'the football world', rather than Europe....

This is football. A sport that attracts the worst of the worst...

This is sadly a common occurrence at matches - especially in the east.
I hate when people do this.

When there are incidents in their part of the world (or a place they are fond of) and it is pointed out, they simply shrug it off as "every does it."

This is not a good argument.


Racism in football is acute in Europe.
Spectators bringing banana to the game to taunt black players.
They also make what is supposed to be gorilla gestures trying to get black players attention

Yes, there are clashes at football games between supporters of opposing team everywhere

But , in Europe, there is that and "more". The more is racism.
While the worse comes from supporters in the stands, there have been examples of white players directing their bigotry towards black players, some time on the same team.


There is a reason why UEFA and FIFA organize anti-racist events at an increasing rate at football game.
Because it is getting worse and they are afraid of losing control of the situation.
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Pleasantly surprised that you posted this.
Kudos to Williamster for posting.
But I also sense he has motivation of his own.

He is sticking it to Europeans who he thinks are constantly bad-mouthing the US while they can't wait to come here.
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