sam's notes

notes on government, sports and popular culture

Monday, November 29, 2004

If you think sports culture in America has problems, check out this N.Y. Times article on on the racist atmosphere surrounding soccer in Europe.

"In Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium- the Yankee stadium of soccer- Spanish fans bellowed out monkey noises recently each time a black English player touched the ball in a match between England and Spain.

"A month earlier, the Spanish national coach, Luis Aragones, was caught by a TV crew using racist language when talking about the French star striker Thierry Henry. He kept his job with little protest at home.

"Spain isn't the only European country where racism leaves its stain on soccer...."

Ah, Europe, that wonderful standard of society toward which the U.S. should strive.....


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