Hi! I found this while looking for a documentary on girls soccer in the US. It’s about racism in world football
Background for those unfamiliar with soccer/football:
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said a lot of dumb things about gay people and racism on numerous occasions and he is allowing Qatar to host the 2022 world cup, a country that apparently punishes homosexuality by death (although it’s not unique in this, actually, at all). Anyway apart from asking people to retain from doing anything gay in Qatar he also kind of ignores the issue of racism in football and has stated that any racist act can be settled after the game with a handshake.
People are pretty upset and there has been a lot of backlash against this quote, which is a good thing. He’s the head of operations, though. I want to make that clear, because this is a global issue and he’s screwing it up literally for everyone.
I also wanted to show this Di No Al Racismo ad that ran last year. It’s clear Blatter is aware of some issues, he’s just looking through the telescope backwards? I enjoyed this commercial at the time, but really, this is a feel-good move that seems to be doing a lot of—yeah—whitewashing of something that should be in the open, for me and anyone who does care about the future of sports:
HOMOPHOBIA AND RACISM AND SEXISM HAS NO PLACE IN SPORTS. EVER. IT CAN’T BE SETTLED WITH A HANDSHAKE. IT’S DISGUSTING AND NEEDS TO BE CORRECTED, CONSTANTLY, IN FRONT OF EVERYONE.
You definitely picked the right version of the first video. The same clip comes up if you type in “European Racism”, except there’s thousands of comments of “Europe for Europeans, white people are under attack, no one is forcing Africa to accepr immigrants from Europe, why should we do the same BLAHBLAHBLAH.” Also worth noting, BBC aired a clip on racist hooliganism in Ukraine a week or two ago ahead of the Euro 2012 that is being held there (and in Poland), but I can’t find it on Youtube.