Disgrace of Soccer Chief Michel Platini Who Tries to Ignore Racism
This year’s European soccer championships are being jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine – two countries notorious for having the worst racist fans in the game. So why reward them by holding the championships there?
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Michel Platini was recognised as a top player and voted player of the European Championships when France won in 1984.
He has moved on from his playing days to become a leading official in the game, rising to become President of UEFA which stands for Union of European Football Championships. Good players are usually intelligent people but Platini seems to have left his brains some way behind, on the pitch.
As President he was obviously one of the decision makers when it came to deciding that the 2012 championships should be held in Poland and Ukraine.
Many Western European sides have a mixture of players from different backgrounds, reflecting their multi cultural societies. In Eastern Europe this is not the case and unfortunately many soccer fans in the Eastern block have racist attitudes they take to the games.
Whenever teams from the UK play in these countries African players are treated appallingly. There are monkey chants when they get the ball and often bananas are thrown onto the pitch. This happens in spite of lectures and fines for the clubs. It’s a part of society which hasn’t moved on.
You would therefore think the wise thing is not to hold championships in these countries until their fans learn to change their ways.
NOT SO PLATINI. IN A TYPICALLY ARROGANT WAY HE BELIEVES HE IS RIGHT, DESPITE ALL THE EVIDENCE. THEN JUST IN CASE HE IS PROVED WRONG – HE SAYS IT WON’t BE HIS FAULT.
Mario Balotelli who plays for Italy has said that if he is racially abused he will walk off the pitch. His team mates are likely to do the same. Platini says if they do they will be penalised – and taking that to its logical conclusion the opposing team will be declared winners.
If that team is Poland or Ukraine – it will be a victory for racism. How Platini could get soccer into this situation is beyond belief.
Racism isn’t the only problem. Fans in Ukraine have been openly displaying Nazi flags, Russian fans in Poland have been set on and beaten up. There are reports that police in Poland took not action when fans began to abuse Balotelli who did not walk on this occasion but was substituted by his manager.
Platini is even behind the times in the use of technology. He is against using technology to help referees take decisions on those occasions when they cannot see properly. For example when the ball crosses the goal line but sometimes the goal is not given because the referee is unsighted.
Most soccer fans do not want to live in the 1980s. They live in the modern world, use technology and are less tolerant of racism.
If Platini can’t live up to those standards he should go.