Thursday, September 25, 2008

Never learning?

FIFA fines Croatia for racist fans

Fifa has fined the Croatia Football Federation £14,920 after a section of their supporters racially abused Emile Heskey during the World Cup qualifier with England. ...

It is the second time in a matter of months Croatian fans have been found guilty of racist behaviour with Fifa issuing a small fine during Euro 2008 following chants during their quarter-final against Turkey....

Heskey has been racially abused while playing for England in Slovakia in 2002, while Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ashley Cole were subjected to monkey chants in a friendly against Spain in Madrid in 2004.

"You have to let the people above deal with that and I'll carry on playing my game," Heskey said after the match. "They are ignorant people, you have to ignore it and enjoy your game. Their players weren't happy about it either."

Read the entire article here.

Also if you have time, check out this series on The Real Football Factories - The Balkans on Youtube. These are the dudes that made me scared to go to Serbia a few months back. Here's Part 1...If only they could fight the police in the name of something good.