Four years before the soccer World Cup in Russia, Racism is still present in Moscow
by C_herve9 on September 29, 2014 - 10:57pm
Four years before the World Cup in Russia, Racism is still present in Moscow
The article ‘’CSKA Moscow: Russian side punished again for racist abuse’’ published by the BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation) have shocked several football fans around the world. Indeed, in November 2013, the Football Club of CSKA Moscow, one of the most influent clubs in Russia, has been caught of multiple racist actions during a Champions League match at home against the British club of Manchester City. During the game, Yaya Toure, a player of Manchester City, was victim of racist chants and symbols from the Russian fans. As a punishment for their act, the Russian club will have to pay a fined of 50 000 euros and play their next Champions League game at home behind closed doors, which means with no spectators on the stadium. According to the European Football government (UEFA), this sanction is support by the fact that CSKA Moscow has already previous records related to racist behaviour by their fans. The next World Cup would be played in Russia in 2018 and some black players such as Yaya Touré are thinking about boycotting it.
After having read this article, I was, first, very shocked by the issue presented. Then, I realize that there is a particular weakness about this article, which is the complete lack of examples to support some accusation about the Russian football club CSKA Moscow. I personally think that this article is not showing me enough evidences to have a clear position on this issue. It is hard to evaluate the sanction received by the football club of CSKA Moscow without being able to know what were the accused chants and the racist symbols shown by their supporters. However, nowadays, with the equipment that has each European club in their stadiums, everything is recorded, saved and captured. This is why it is easy for the UEFA to investigate on these types of issues and be sure of the right intention of people suspected.
According to the article, black players were the ones that were attacked by the chants. These oppressions by the Russian fans are supporting the ideology that racism is a concept communicated and spread to maintain a certain racial inequality. Although, I do not think that the club in question should be accused of racism like the title tend to stipulate. It should have a separation between the institution and the supporters because, in this situation, the supporters are the ones to blame.