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Walking off pitch

I am a man first, a footballer first

I am not a creature

The pitch is not a cage, I will leave it

Rosa Parks, Frustrated, Need that frustration in football

Yes, would receive booking, Yellow card is a small price to pay


Musa's is a moral argument, but we should ask a practical quesiton

How can we have an effect on behaviour of crowd

Will Balotelli change racism?

UEFA has a process - referee responsiblity, Implementation, Platini

Consequences, moral hazard, shaming UEFA into action?, But, English model, education, training, Kick Racism out of Football, fanzines ..., no football player had to leave pitch for that, thought through approach could do this

Staying on pitch is not an admission of defeat

Isn' t it an admission of defeat to leave the pitch?, Clavane, Cantona attacked racist in the crowd, Shock the world with extreme action - get the authorities to do something, happened in Italian lower league, it led to debate and action, Saha, Yes, understood, But right now, we can still make the institutions move, Guadeloupe background, slavery ..., Don't tell us you've suffered more than the ancestors, they suffered so that I can be successful today


UEFA & FIFA haven't taken actions

lack of democracy and responsiveness

so need to take dramatic action

Balotelli will do a lot more than kicking UEFA into aciton


Blata says all racist issues can be solved by a hand-shake


Team captain could mediate and go to referee

What about John Terry? he wouldn't represent the anti-racist position...


Stopped being Leeds fan because disgusted @ racism

black friends stopped being fans ... voted with their feet

Jewish chants against Tottenham fans, watching England/Spain with son, Like watching Nuremberg rally - why allowing son to watch it, Why did England allow ti to keep going

Needs one person to take an action, Rosa PArks argument

Fines do nothing, laughed off by associations

Needs one brave person, if a black or Jewish player were abused in the street, they wouldn't tolerate it

Andrey Kurkov

Who will be the victim?

Racist individuals can be punished

yes, dignity of footballer, but ...

Musa O

The black footballers are already victims

good if game did end

we are complicit if we continue with game

accept the background noise of racism, just normal that these are not men buyt high performance animals


leaving the field won't change things

Fans are not really fans, but do it to relieve their emotions

Need to be prosecuted under the law, racial abuse on stadium is psycho pressure, find them, arrest them, ban them ... like English system - blacklist people

Do education of society, Bird watchers won't abuse anyone, this is an aggressive crowd, they fell safe in a crowd


Musa, What if country is so prejudiced that they won't police it OK?, Blata laughing about gay sex, What do you do when institution itself is racist/homophobic


Racial abuse is a disgrace


What he did yesterday was best response to racial abuse

In a football ground you are an example

young people watching you

the gesture depends on the amount of abuse

England/Spain was too much

Top of organisation needs to make clear statement

Player is paid a lot to make sure the game goes on

Clavane, It is not a duty to do it, but it is a right - up to individual, And what if Balotelli had not played well ... would it then have been OK to insult him racially, Saha, You need to discipline the press, not the job of the footballers, Yes, you have bad days ..., still understand your role, you have to fight racism, but with intelligence, Your duty is to play well, yes, stand as an anti-racist role model, but also be strong and shrug it off


Gradualism is not the right way

Balotelli is quite right

not to teach UEFA president

not just revenge for organisations

walk off because others not taking it seriously

If you stay on, you're saying "this is OK"

Walk off for yourselves, for your peace of mind, Otherwise, they'll always wonder if they could have made a difference, Fascinu, stand up to racism, stand up to homophobiia, We die a bit inside every time we don't do something, That's the real role model, Do it for his family

All the family should go with him, All the fans should sing him off the pitch

SAHA, Yes, he would be a role model, Bit what is the role model for someone suffering day to day in their jobs. May not be a great model, FEMI, Courage is the effect, SAHA, You're trying to solve the whole problem of society

Web Questions

Raise awareness

Surely whole team should walk off

Force people to think

Raising awareness bigger than a game of football

Auclair, It is a team sport, it needs to be a team act, would have more weight, you need to do this collectively

Clavane, Agree!, Philip Auclair has conceded that leaving the pitch is right, You agree with us!, SAHA, I agree with that too, Collective action is what I would prefer, Don't be selfish, But yes, make decision @ 1/2 time, FEMI, That's my image!, Kurkov, Agree on collective


Gives racists victory

"what sort of a man gets upset by name-calling"

MUSA, game is already ugly ..., what sort of man, you prove you're a man by responding morally

FEMI, you're not making problem worse - by allowing it to continue,, SAHA, role is not to stop racism in game, we're also role models as citizens, FEMI, Yes, everyone needs to chose their fight, SAHA, It's not because I don't walk off pitch that I accept abuse

Whose responsibility is it?

UEFA and FIFA did wrong by hosting it there

What about stadium staff

P Auclair, Putting spotlight on this actually makes it better - is a learning experience, Ignoring won't make progress, Spain is pretty bad, so is Italy ... so which is the perfect country?

SAHA, Toleration of racism by players, yes, racists should be exposed ... by UEFA

What about use of social media to racially abuse?

MUSA, Should be penalised

Andrey Kurkov, Many views, very active ... tracing is easy, Can take responsibility; can be publicised

Turin Daily - "We made them black" headline

Press perpetuating racism , how do we react?

FEMI, Use all methods, Respond to everything that appears in press, Use social media!

Summing up

Philippe Auclair

Was devil's advocate .... not clear-cut

yes, big institutions need to be spurred. Referees have power. Needs teams to take it seriously. Do it collectively. Most powerful.



Yes, let's be practical. Balotelli would be a catalyst. Too much pressure on referee. Not reacting puts too much pressure on players to score!

Louis talked about history of discrimination ... but that is not yet won


His role is to make his children proud of being black ... Balotelli is an example - great athlete, and fighter. But we're all different, and collective approach is better


UEFA, FIFA needs to take action

Finding protagonists is not easy

Yes, need education

Need to do all of these things ... but it won't work without a shiny creature around it will all coalesce


Racism exists everywhere. Easier to fight in stadiums than in street. Need a qualification for civilised fans!

Liz MacKean

Any mind change?, Kurkov, Collective, Philippe Auclair, awareness of need for defining moment, Saha, Collective; defining moment, Musa, Loves Ukraine, Philippe's writing ... Image of Femi's is what I take away, Femi, Andrey need to show that they can deserve to watch football

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