Irony overload: FA plans to beat racism by giving backwards foreigners culture lessons
RACISM In football is big news. The latest move to tackle racism in football is to enshrine in contractual law the right of Premier League clubs to sack any players who equate use discriminatory language or engage in serious gross misconduct.
It’s all there in a document called English Football’s Inclusion and Anti Discrimination Action Plan.
Inclusion plans are all about excluding, apparently.
We learn that all players and coaches will get “cultural lessons”. The current culture is to search the dust for signs of racism then shine a light on it whilst frowning hard and pointing. If the culture changes to, say, something more akin to 1930s Germany, players and coaches will be told how to spot Jews. And it’s those foreign players who have most to learn.
Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), says:
“We want to make sure that there is no misunderstanding with regards to the rules and regulations on discrimination.”
A Saudi Arabian footballer raised on that country’s culture will be told that a woman driving a car is not inviting serious sexual assault in a suite at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Luis Suarez will know that negrito is an offensive terms in Blighty. Patrice Evra will learn that chauvinism is wrong. And so on. The leaning of “British cultural values” will eradicate racism and make everyone equal. To end equality those bloody foreigners will be brought into line.
Got it? The British are morally superior to the unenlightened, backwards foreigners who infect the game.
We suggest that the players get to pass the “induction” test are invited to wear bright pink bibs. Then, when passed fit for purpose, they will be given red armbands and a certificate.