How much for racism?

CIDH Pro Igual

It´s that season again: sport passions run high; flags, chants and painted faces everywhere. Must be the European football cup. Yet some fans have been bad sport.

Due to racist outbursts during the matches, scores of fans of Russian and Croatian football teams have been sanctioned; some perpetrators have been deported, and some even face criminal charges. But despite those sanctions, some question just how seriously the UEFA is really taking racism in football?

Croatia’s punishment for fans’ abuse of Mario Balotelli was nearly €20K less than a fine for one footballer earlier on for showing sponsored pants.

English footballers Rio Ferdinand and Vincent Kompany criticised the UEFA decision and called on the football body to “review their priorities,” while Ferdinand tweeted: “Uefa are you for real? £80,000 fine for Bendtner. All of the racism fines together don’t even add up to that?!”

Indeed.