Inside Football: This Is Not How To Kick Racism Out

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Inside Football: This Is Not How To Kick Racism Out

Racism is a crime against humanity—be it on the streets or on the football pitch.

Middlesbrough's Ahmad Hossam "Mido" was targeted by heavy racist chants.

Barry Norman Hutchinson pleaded guilty to an offence of racist or obscene chanting under the Football Offences Act 1991 during the Magpies' 0–0 derby draw at Middlesbrough on Nov. 29 at Teesside.

Hutchinson Sr was fined £270, with £45 costs, and banned from Riverside but escaped a banning order that would have prevented him attending games anywhere in the country—isn't it pitiful?

Both Middlesbrough and the FA expressed concern that their hard-line policies had not been supported by magistrates.

"We are disappointed that a banning order has not been issued in this case," said a spokesman for Boro. "It makes it very difficult for football clubs to have a robust anti-racism policy without the support of the courts.

"Despite this setback, we will continue to be vigilant and supportive of the police in tackling all discriminatory and anti-social behaviour. The individual concerned will also be banned from the Riverside [Stadium]."

An FA spokesman added: "The FA is disappointed that a football banning order was not imposed in this case. It is important to send out a strong message that racist and discriminatory chanting is totally unacceptable, and that anyone found guilty will face serious consequences.

"We welcome Middlesbrough FC's commitment to ban the individual convicted in this case."

Other victims of racist chants are Sol Campbell of Portsmouth and Samuel Eto'o of Barcelona.

Racism is definitely still alive in the football world, which triggers our conscience to ask about the way in which racism can be stopped once and for all. 

Although it is not only about fining the offenders, it is about having the right education, culture and mind, but we should start somewhere. 

Fining and banning offenders is where we should start. Racism is not something to be dealt with lightly. It is an issue to be addressed for the sake of humanity, not only for football's sake.     

Is the fine fair? Is this the way to kick racism out of football?

 

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