By Tony Attwood
We’ve covered this so many times before but it keeps coming back. Uefa is racist. Want to prove it? The charges laid against the Serbian FA after their latest bust up in their under 21 game v England did not include a single word about racism and racist language. They were done for improper conduct.
Why did Uefa hide the racism charges? Because they too are racist, and can’t see racism when it smacks them round the face.
True, even the lily livered FA called the behaviour of Serbia “unacceptable” and mentioned “racial abuse.”
For Uefa however the deal is that the next under 21 game (expected crowd 3000) will be played in a closed stadium. Two coaches got bans, (half suspended). Some players got bans. And as we, and everyone else has said, Nic Bendtner got an £80k fine. Serbia FA got £65k fine.
So Uefa lacks all credibility. We know that. But each time the FA does sweet FA so its credibility rating, currently standing at minus 25 on a scale of one to ten goes lower. That is the FA who kowtowed to Fifa to try and get that corrupt and bent organisation to come to England for a world cup, so we could have half our London roads closed again, and import a bunch of people who would have no tax obligations in the UK. As if we weren’t bust enough already.
The FA can take no credit for what it did over Luis Suarez and John Terry as long as it plays with Uefa. Pulling out of Uefa would hurt England for a short while, but the moral ground always attracts others who believe there is a right and a wrong in such affairs. Others would quickly join.
But no. England wants the Euro 2020 final, so racism, oh well. We do our bit. Can’t tell Johnny Foreigner how to behave can we? It’s different overseas.
But this sends out all the wrong signals on a day when Manchester City have registered their “strong disappointment” with the FA complaining about Gareth Barry’s one-match ban for his verbals against Mark Clattenburg.
Yes, just at the moment when signals should be sent out, Man City are doing it their way and challenging authority.
So what we have is Uefa being outrageous, and the FA expressing regret. The FA doing its one match ban thing for abuse of a fourth official, and Man City express annoyance.
And that’s it, except that Man City have just upped the issue by requesting that the FA respond with its observations.
Now I don’t think I have ever heard of this before. A club making a complaint about a judgement and then requiring an explanation.
So what should clubs do? Start this “we welcome your immediate response” lark with the FA? And should the FA follow the Man C move by writing to Uefa in a similar way?
What I am trying to say here, in my usual mixed way, is that this is all the wrong way round. Uefa make a total mess as always of racist affairs, and then the FA mutter but do nothing. Man City don’t like a player getting a one match ban so start questioning the law and ask for full explanations.
The FA should turn on Uefa now, demand proper action, or state that we will pull out and do our own thing. And then invite other nations that themselves have noted the idiocy and incompetence in Uefa and join England.
Of course that costs everyone money. Of course English sides couldn’t be in Europe. But sometimes, just sometimes, morals and ethics are one hell of a lot more important than money.
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