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Spain vows to get tough on racism February 13, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Atletico Madrid, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Football, Getafe, Racism, Real Zaragoza, soccer, The Spanish Football Federation.
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Spain’s sports minister Jaime Lissavetzky has promised to get tough in dealing with racism in football with action promised against the ultra groups that encourage racist behaviour.

“We need the courage to confront this problem and act decsively against it,” Lissavetzky said when he presented the new “Hold out your hand” initiative designed to raise awareness of the problem amongst football fans.

“We have made progress, but there are still a lot of things to do and we won’t close our eyes to the problem.

“Football needs to provide an example to the rest of society in this matter. We want to be radical and get to the root of the problem.

“It is the ultra groups that are often the seed bed of these attitudes. They don’t represent the views of Spanish society and we need to eliminate them.”

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), the Football League (LFP), UEFA, Spanish anti-racist groups as well as players and fans associations are all backing the “Hold out your hand” campaign.

“We are raising awareness on the one hand, but also improving the methods of detection of the perpetrators and introducing stronger punishments,” Lissavetzky said.

“We are in the process of passing a new law against racism, xenophobia and intolerance and we hope it will be a useful tool in helping us achieve our aim of zero tolerance against racism.”

Outbreaks of racist abuse have become an all too common occurrence at Spanish football matches in recent years, with leading clubs such as Atletico Madrid, Real Zaragoza and Getafe receiving fines as a result of the behaviour of their fans.

CARD {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: worldsoccer.com


Editorial: Super Bowl should be about accomplishments, not race February 4, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, Black, Black coaches, Black coaches NFL, Blacks, Card, Chicago Bears, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, ESPN, Football, Indianapolis Colts, institutional racism, Jeffri Chadiha, Jim Nantz, John Clayton, Lovie Smith, New England Patriots, NFL, Peyton Manning, Racism, Racist, Sports Illustrated, Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLI, Tony Dungy.
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By: Wes Blevins

When Lovie Smith’s Chicago Bears beat the New Orleans Saints, and when Tony Dungy’s Indianapolis Colts defeated the New England Patriots, the two men became the first black head coaches to advance to the Super Bowl in the game’s 41-year history.

And it didn’t take long for the media to take notice.

Not one minute after Colts quarterback Peyton Manning took a knee to seal the AFC Championship, CBS’ Jim Nantz gushed over the fact that not one, but two African-American coaches have finally made it to the nation’s grandest sporting event. And get this – one of them is going to win!

Every major sports Web site featured a column on the momentous occasion.

ESPN’s John Clayton wrote, “The NFL has been waiting 41 years for the first African-American head coach to patrol the sidelines at a Super Bowl. Now there will be two, and one will be the winner. Actually, the nation will be the winner in this one.”

Sports Illustrated columnist Jeffri Chadiha joined in the celebration as well.

“You have to understand this isn’t merely about the Super Bowl,” he wrote. “It’s about a cultural shift. It’s about progress.”


French socialist thrown out of party for racism against Blacks January 28, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-black, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Football, France, French Racism, Georges Freche, Patrick Mennucci, Racism, Racist, Segolene Royal, soccer, Soccer Racism, Socialist Party.
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PARIS: The French Socialist party threw out one of its leading members on Saturday for having said there were too many black players in the national soccer team, adding to the woes of its presidential candidate Segolene Royal.

Georges Freche, president of the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south and a founding member of the party, is a supporter of Royal. She has backed his expulsion from the party but it comes at a bad time for her as she faces criticism for a series of gaffes on foreign policy and domestic issues.

The decision was made at a meeting of members of a commission set up to resolve internal party disputes.

“If he had not said what he said, we would all. . . be in a much more agreeable situation,” said Patrick Mennucci, deputy director of Royal’s campaign.

“The situation is very unpleasant and the Socialist Party cannot continue to have someone who makes comments of this sort in its ranks.”

In November, Freches was reported complaining at a local political meeting that nine out of the eleven members of the national soccer team were black.

“I am ashamed for this country. Soon there will be eleven blacks,” the Midi libre newspaper quoted him as saying.


Newcastle’s Emre in racism probe January 4, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Football, Racism, Racist, soccer.
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LONDON: Newcastle midfielder Emre is at the centre of a racism investigation following his side’s 3-0 Premier League defeat last weekend against Everton.

Referee Dermot Gallagher, who took charge of the match at Goodison Park, did not hear comments allegedly made by the 26-year-old Turkey international to goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Joleon Lescott.

However, he mentioned he had been informed of the claims in his report, which was received by the Football Association on Tuesday and the national governing body are now set to pursue the matter.

“We have received the referee’s report and he mentions that an allegation was made, but he did not hear anything himself,” said an FA spokesman.

“We will be writing to Everton to request any further information with which they can provide us.”

Emre clashed angrily with the Everton pair after the duo had been awarded a penalty and the subsequent disruption caused a lengthy break in the game as players from both sides tried to intervene.


Fans prosecuted for racist chants December 20, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Football, Racism, Racist, soccer.
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Racism in football is being dealt with now in court after controversy about how to stop it has been ongoing for some time:

Cleveland Police said it had recently prosecuted fans after other supporters complained about their behaviour at three Middlesbrough home fixtures.

The prosecutions have resulted in a handful of fans being fined £125 and getting football banning orders.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: BBC News

Danish striker banned for anti-Black racism December 2, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-black, Card, Football, Racism, Racist, soccer.
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AJAX’S Danish international forward Kenneth Perez has been banned for five matches for racially abusing a black linesman.

Perez was also fined $US16,700 ($21,210) after calling Nicky Siebert a “black cancer” during a league match against Twente on November 19.

“I am profoundly ashamed of this hurtful insult directed at Mr Siebert to whom I present my sincerest apologies,” Perez said in a written apology.

“The stupidity of my comment is totally different to the way I behave in my life every day and the way that I bring up my children.”

The Dane admitted the accusations brought by the Dutch Football Federation and accepted his punishment.

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Boy can’t sue for being barred from girls’ team December 1, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Football, gender, gender discrimination, Sexism.
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The irony of this story about gender discrimination is that just today ABC News carried a article called “Female Football Player Follows in Pro Brother’s Footsteps.”  The article talks about the accomplishment of the female football player, Holley Mangold, who was the first female to play a down from scrimmage in an Ohio Division III high school football game.  It would seem then as though there is not a logical standard to decide which students can or cannot participate in sports teams predominated by the opposite sex.   The featured article follows below:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A boy who wanted to compete on his high school’s girls’ gymnastics team cannot sue for gender discrimination, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

The District 4 Court of Appeals upheld a judge’s dismissal of Keith Michael Bukowski’s lawsuit against the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, which has a rule prohibiting boys from competing in girls’ sports. Bukowski filed the lawsuit as a junior at Stevens Point Area High School in 2004. He argued the WIAA rule preventing him from trying out for and competing on the girl’s gymnastics team discriminated against him because his school did not have a boys’ team.

Bukowski argued that the rule violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution as well as a federal law known as Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funds.


Show Racism The Red Card, Says Galway United October 4, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Football, Racist, soccer, UEFA.
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Galway United was on hand this week, along with the Mayor of Galway City, Niall O Brolchin, to launch the anti-racism venture ‘Show Racism the Red Card’.

The launch, which was held in the Spanish Arch, serves as a forerunner for major football anti-racism work in the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) and UEFA-led action week later in October.

The third regional project of Show Racism the Red Card is run in association with Galway United, the Professional Footballers’ Association of Ireland (PFAI), Galway City Partnership, Galway City Council and the Galway Refugee Support Group.

Players from Gaelic football and rugby are represented in addition to soccer.


Discriminatory Preferential Treatment In Court For High-School Football Players August 21, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, court, email, Football.
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Two teenagers who pulled a stunt last winter that left a man physically disabled and his friend brain-damaged will each spend 60 days in juvenile detention, but not before they finish the upcoming high-school football season. Judge Gary F. McKinley told a standing-room-only crowd in his courtroom yesterday that he knows his decision to allow standout Kenton High School athletes Dailyn Campbell, 16, and Jesse Howard, 17, to play sports before serving their sentences will be unpopular.

Five deputies were on hand during the sentencing hearing in Hardin County Common Pleas Court, and McKinley told the emotional crowd that he would hold anyone who had an outburst in contempt.

“I’m cutting you somewhat of a break here, and the court will get criticized for this,” McKinley told Campbell.

The retired Union County juvenile court judge assigned to hear the cases said he had waffled when trying to decide whether to delay any sentence until after football season.

“I shouldn’t even be doing this,” he told Campbell, a junior quarterback for the Kenton Wildcats, who won state titles in 2001 and 2002.

At those words, more than a dozen relatives of the two who were injured in the prank began to sob. Campbell’s mother and stepfather, sitting behind the victims’ families, looked relieved.


Indians challenge use of ‘Redskins’ name August 15, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in American Indians, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Football, Indians Fight Redskins Name, Morning Star Institute, Native American Journalists Association, NFL, Petition, racially offensive, Redskins trademark, Suzan Shown Harjo, Washington, Washington Redskins.
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American Indians have filed a new legal challenge to the Washington Redskins’ trademark, contending the NFL team’s name is racially offensive, speakers at the Native American Journalists Association national convention said Friday.

A petition to cancel the trademark was filed Friday with a board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington.

“There is no compromise with racism,” Suzan Shown Harjo, president of the Morning Star Institute, said at the conference. The institute is a Washington-based non-profit organization that advances Indian causes.

“Power concedes nothing,” she said. “You have to go in and make change happen.”

The patent office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board backed a similar petition filed in 1992. That decision was overturned on appeal, but the door was left open for another attempt to invalidate the trademark, Harjo said.