The FA Plans to Tackle Racism in Football by Giving ‘Cultural Lessons’ to Dumb, Un-PC Foreign Players

Brendan O’Neill, Telegraph (London), December 11, 2012

Try to get your head around this: the FA has announced that it plans to fight racism in British football by re-educating the game’s foreign players and inculcating them with “British cultural values”. Yes, that’s right—the FA’s big idea for tackling prejudice in footie is to declare war on the allegedly prejudicial mindsets of those bloody foreigners coming over here and ruining our national sport with their un-PC, racially tinged outlooks. I’ll say it one more time to ensure that everyone is as struck dumb by this daft idea as I was: the FA believes that racism in British football is in part a spin-off of the backward attitudes of footballers from other, non-British races—which of course is itself a borderline racist belief. My head hurts.

Clearly the FA’s irony checker was on holiday when it was drawing up its 93-point document, English Football’s Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan. The document contains various proposals for tackling the alleged scourge of racism in football, including having a mandatory anti-racism clause in all players’ contracts and introducing fixed-term bans for players found guilty of using racist language. But the proposal to introduce “cultural lessons” for foreign-born players is the most startling of all. According to the BBC, the aim of these lessons is to “induct” foreign players, who obviously come from less enlightened, less racially aware countries than our own, into a “British cultural environment” of fair play and tolerance. In essence, then, the FA’s contribution to anti-racism in football is to further fuel the prejudicial belief that foreigners are uncouth, uneducated, intolerant. This is one of those moments when one feels tempted to reach for that hackneyed tabloid phrase, “You couldn’t make it up”.

The FA’s desire to enlighten the dumb foreign hordes about why we should be tolerant of foreignness springs from its experience of the Luis Suarez controversy. Last year Luis Suarez, a Uruguayan Liverpool player, was banned by the FA for eight games after he called Man Utd’s black player Patrice Evra a “negrito”. Suarez argued that negrito was not a racist term and is in common usage in his home country Uruguay. It was then the FA realised it had to help these poor, morally underdeveloped foreigners to see the error of their ways; it recognised, in the words of the BBC, that “more [needed] to be done to help educate the significant number of overseas players, particularly in the tinder box atmosphere of the Premier League”. A similar attitude was taken towards former England manager Fabio Capello last year, when he dared to suggest that players involved in minor, racially tinged scuffles on the pitch should patch things up with a handshake. The problem with Capello, said a Guardian columnist, is that he’s from Italy, a country which has not yet achieved the same “social evolution” as Britain. We have reached a level of “progress many other societies have yet to achieve”, said the weirdly PC-yet-nationalistic Guardian hack.

That the FA and commentators can slam foreign players and foreign managers for not being sufficiently “socially evolved” captures brilliantly what anti-racism has become in the 21st century—a means, ironically, of expressing one’s moral and cultural superiority over the uneducated, the un-PC, the foreign. Once it was through the ideology of racism that the great and the good established their alleged superiority over people from strange, faraway lands; now it’s the ideology of official anti-racism that allows them to do that.

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  • You Are Now Enriched

    Hubbard said the fastest way to get rich was to start a religion. Now it’s “fighting raci$m.”

  • David Brims

    I wonder when this war on ‘racism’ is going to end, or is it to give whites a never ending guilt trip ?

    • Fredrik_H

      It will continue long after the point where we are just a minority among the minorities in our own countries. At that point – when we have completely lost control of our nations – it will probably become even uglier as intimidation tactics and organized physical violence will increasingly be thrown into the mix.

    • IstvanIN

      It will never end. When the last one of us shuffles off we will still be blamed for a 100 generations hence.

    • It might end when they can’t think of any new theories to explain black failure but from what I’ve seen, new theories are inexhaustible.

    • Brian

      It will end when the last towering monument of white civilization crumbles and the brown and black races are no longer forced to look head-long directly into the reality of their own mediocrity. As long as they are continuously confronted by the superiority of European and European derived cultures, they will always need an excuse (racism) for their own failure to accomplish anything on a similar level.

  • TheTRUTH

    Archie Bunker was right…about everything.

    • Tim

      My new bumper sticker. “I was Wrong! about Elvis AND Rhodesia…”

  • Skincognito

    Despite being Catholic, I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Anglophile and yes, I enjoy a bit of football. But ever since the adl “kick racism out of football” campaign, watching Premier Leauge matches creates a moral dilemma for me. I watch games at a local Irish bar, thus don’t pay for any cable soccer package, don’t wear overpriced apparel, and I obviously don’t attend matches, so I’m not directly financially supporting this ethno-masochism. Nevertheless it pains my heart to see the gentlemen’s sport played by hooligans dragged through the mud (pun intended). If I were a working-class Englishman this dilemma would naturally be more acute. Sad stuff. Our silver lining might be an increase of post-Labour political consciousness among workers. One can only hope.

  • zanegray

    The whole anti race thing in football got going when Premier League soccer games started to be broadcast globally with vast sums being made by the likes of Sky.

    Those raking in a fortune from this racket don’t want black or asian kids in third world slums to switch off as result of having Europe’s failed social policies made too apparent to them.

    In other words it’s all about money. Nothing else.