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Dutch suffer Poland’s racists in silence

by | 8th, June 2012

RACISM is back. After John Terry, Luis Suarez and Sepp Blatter’s belief that anything said on the pitch should end with post-match handshake, comes news that Holland players have been racially abused by a Polish football fans at a training session in Wisla Cracow’s Stadion Miejski stadium.

Holland captain Mark van Bommel has reported hearing monkey chants. The Times says of a crowd of 25,000 watching the Dutch train, around 400 offered up abuse. The Mail says the figure is 500. Van Bommel is upset enough to say that if racism is repeated during the match he will ask the referee if he can take the team from the field of play.

Says Van Bommel:

“It is a real disgrace, especially after getting back from Auschwitz, that you are confronted with this. We will take it up with Uefa. If it happens at matches we will talk to the referee and ask him to take us off the field.”

It’s remarkable that any player returning from the horror of the Nazi death camp in the town of Oswiecim can find the vigour to play football.

Bert van Marwijk, the Holland coach, added:

“At least now we know what we can encounter over here.”

And we know what to expect. Things have changed. Footballers are more likely to report matters to the authorities or the police.

Is that progress?

In 1996, it was alleged that Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel had called Arsenal’s black striker Ian Wright a “black bastard”. Did Wright tell the police? No. He said: “I am not in

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