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Yorke Gives Battle In Vain

by | 22nd, November 2004

‘THE Spanish media must be loving it – after a week of being lectured by the English press, they can this morning get their own back.

Will the FA now write to Blackburn Rovers?

Racism is, as everyone knows, alive and well in this country and Birmingham’s Dwight Yorke was yesterday on the receiving end of it.

The Sun says the striker confronted fans at his old club, Blackburn, after being subjected to the same monkey chants as England’s black players had to endure in Madrid last week.

In the end, a steward had to intervene and police later confirmed that a Blackburn fan was thrown out of the stadium.

Thankfully, the match itself was played to a conclusion, ending in a 3-3 draw.

But not thanks to Fifa boss Sepp Blatter, who has effectively given the go-ahead to teams to walk off when they are subjected to the kind of abuse England got last week.

Racism didn’t return to English football yesterday (as the Mirror claimed) – it has never really gone away. And Blatter’s remarks have only opened a whole can of worms.

As Mick Dennis points out, what would England have done if

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