Personally, I enjoy soccer.
Originally, I gave all the cliché complaints about the sport: It’s too slow, there isn’t enough scoring, women in sports bras only appear once every four years.
But now, I get it (at least more than I used to).
America — not so much.
David Beckham was supposed to come over, wave his golden foot, and all the fat, dumb Americans would smarten up.
But, to all those who criticize the U.S. for not taking an interest in “the world’s game,” hear this:
Most Americans (in my ideal world), won’t stand for intolerance, racism, or any other doctrines which originated before the wheel was invented.
It happened to me a few years ago when PSV played Red Star in Belgrade, and I can’t believe racist abuse is still in football,” Beasley said. “People can come to a match and jeer, but the racist thing just has to get out of football. . .It degrades the game for everyone.
Sure, there are racist fans in every sport. And at one time, the U.S. sports scene was a metaphor for racial divide in the country. But this is 2007. And intolerance seems to be scarily common in European soccer.
So why don’t they do something about it? As usual, UEFA gave a PR response, just like the one given before the World Cup started, and everything is fine (as far as they are concerned).
From what we have heard about what happened, we will investigate,” a spokesman for European soccer’s ruling body said. We are waiting to receive official reports and we will ask the clubs for statements. But at this stage there is no date for a meeting of the Control and Disciplinary Body.
So watch out racist soccer fans, UEFA is coming after you! Eventually. When they have time. If there’s nothing more important going on.
Wake up soccer fans, officials and governing bodies. If you want the world to embrace your game, act like you are a part of it.
Good luck Beckham, you’ll need it.