Players might boycott 2018 FIFA World Cup because of racism
by lm13 on October 28, 2014 - 7:06pm
The article "Yaya Touré: players could boycott 2018 World Cup in Russia over racism" by Stuart James on the Huffington Post on October 24, 2014 explains why some soccer players might be inclined to boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia due to racism in this country. Yaya Touré is a black soccer player who is apart of the Manchester City soccer team. He brought up the possibility of this boycott after fans of the opposing team racially abused him during a game facing Manchester City to CSKA Moscow. Even though the CSKA Moscow has been sanctioned by the Union of European Football association for their fans' actions, the soccer club keeps denying that their was any racism behavior of any kind and Seydou Doumbia, a player for CSKA, even said that Touré is exaggerating. However, even if the Russian club keeps denying what happen, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Local Organizing Committee released a statement mentioning that racism will not be tolerated in the world of soccer and that when the World Cup will take place in Russia in 2018, players from all around the world will be celebrated.
In all honesty, I agree with Touré's response to the CSKA's fans who reportedly racially abused him. He has the right to refuse to participate in an event where he will be disrespected in such ways. Of course, as a soccer fan myself, I would be disappointed to see many great players boycott the World Cup, but I think this is what needs to be done if these racist acts keep on happening. I find it unfortunate that to this day, fans attack players because of their skin color. I don't understand the point of it. When trying to bother players from the other team, fans should strictly stay away from disrespectful comments. Moreover, whether it is to protect their team or they are simply blind to these racist actions by their fans, the CSKA Moscow staff and players seem to accept these actions by denying them and defending their fans' wrongdoing. As a matter of fact, Touré's friend and teammate at the international level as well as a black player for the CSKA Moscow, Seydou Doumbia, said that Touré was exaggerating, which really surprised me. When I read this comment, I felt like in some way, Doumbia was "attacking" Touré himself by saying that he has the facts wrong and in some ways that he is lying. To come back to the 2018 FIFA World Cup that will take place in Russia, I think that boycotting this event would be a good way to make a point and help stop racism not only in Russia, but worldwide. Also, I greatly respect Yaya Touré for standing up to racism, talking about it and standing firm on his opinion.
James, Stuart. Yaya Touré: players could boycott 2018 World Cup in Russia over racism. The Guardian. Retrieved October 27, 2014 from http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/oct/24/yaya-toure-boycott-world...