BY: Ellis Cashmore

Why Football Has a Racism Problem and How to Solve It

La Liga president Javier Tebas defends the organization against claims of racism, emphasizing their anti-racism efforts.

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La Liga president rejects Vinícius Júnior's claim of racism, stating the league actively combats xenophobia and racist behavior.

Racism persists in some European football countries, including Italy, while online abuse targets players globally, often by non-sports fans.

Racism in football, rooted in England's history, remains a perplexing and outdated problem in society and sports.

Racism in English football was unexpected despite previous incidents, as far-right movements reminded fans of the sport's origins.

Racism in English football: Fans resented perceived intrusion, fueled by high unemployment and far-right groups blaming ethnic minorities.

Racism theories: Competition for resources shapes antagonism, with arbitrary markers like appearance and culture used as enemy signs.

Racism's volatility spread like wildfire in football, but the emergence of black players helped silence abusive fans in western Europe.