Arrigo Sacchi: “Too Many Black Players In Italy”
The former Italy and AC Milan coach caused a stir when he said that Italian football has no dignity, and that there are too many black players in the Serie A. Sacchi came out and said that his remarks were misinterpreted, but these comments will never be let go of lightly. We feel that the Italian should know better.
Dani Alves Banana Throwing Incident
Last year when Barcelona were playing against Villarreal, a banana was throw at Dani Alves as he stood at the corner flag ready to take a corner. Then, in a perfect response, the Brazilian picked up the Banana, peeled it open and took a bite – showing that he wasn’t ready to let uncultured fans get to him. Teammates and footballers around the world took to Instagram in support of Alves, posting pictures of themselves with bananas in their hands. Well done, Dani Alves!
John Terry & Anton Ferdinand
In September 2012, John Terry was fined £220,000 and banned for four matches after allegedly racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand - the brother of his former England centre-back partner, Rio Ferdinand. The Chelsea skipper never admitted to his actions, however, he and Chelsea never appealed the FA’s decision.
Luis Suarez & Patrice Evra
After a fierce derby encounter between Manchester United and Liverpool in October 2011, Luis Suarez was fined £40,000 and banned for eight games for racially abusing French defender, Patrice Evra. On Suarez’ return on 6 February, he came up against United yet again - where he refused to shake Evra’s hand in the pre-match traditions.
Eto’o Gets Abuse From Zaragoza Fans
In 2006, Samuel Eto’o threatened to walk off the field after 76 minutes because of the on-going ‘monkey’ chants aimed at him. It was said that the Cameroonian had been getting the abuse for the whole game and he eventually had enough. His Barcelona coach and players talked him out of it with the some inspirational words, before an announcement was made in the stadium, urging the crowd to stop. Barca won the game 2-0, with Ronaldinho celebrating purposely with Eto’o after the Brazilian slotted his penalty.
Should the bans be bigger for players who are found guilty of making discriminating comments? And should fans be given life-bans for their abusive actions towards football players? Have your say in the comments section below!