Say NO to Racism. That’s the slogan which is displayed at football grounds. That’s the message of many football players and associations. The idea is quite simple, to eradicate racism off the game but the disease seemed to have creeped in a bit too much.
Black players are usually the target of such abuses and chants by some fans and it is very disturbing at times.
Something similar happened to Emmanuel Frimpong. The Ufa player was in Moscow as his side played against Spartak Moscow in what was the first game of the Russian Premier League. Emmanuel Frimpong was racially abused for most of the time he was on the pitch by the Spartak Moscow fans before the chants got on to him and he sweared at one fan. That was the last action he did on the pitch as he was sent off for the gesture.
It’s surprising that the referee decided to send him off given the abuse he faced by the fans for most of the game.
The player took to twitter and tweeted his thoughts after the game.
First of want to apologize for the sending off after being provoked shouldn’t have happened but also am a human being shouldn’t be …— I AM FRIMPONG (@IAMFRIMPONG26) July 17, 2015
Racially abused for the game that I love fantastic result to draw with Spartak proud of team and I’m going to serve a sentence for being … — I AM FRIMPONG (@IAMFRIMPONG26) July 17, 2015
Abused..and yet we going to hold a World Cup in this country where African will have to come play football I must stressed not all Spartak— I AM FRIMPONG (@IAMFRIMPONG26) July 17, 2015
Fans done that only one person had to ruin it Spartak fans were brilliant and created a good atmosphere shame oneperson ruin it we live on.. — I AM FRIMPONG (@IAMFRIMPONG26) July 17, 2015
Russia is supposed to be the host to the FIFA World Cup in 2018 and with only 3 years to go, the Russian Football Association has very less time to completely look into it and try to eradicate this from their society. With players of 32 nationalities to head to Russia in the summer of 2018, the Russians should behave themselves to make the lives of the player a bit more comfortable, especially while they are on the pitch.
Such events prove that FIFA, UEFA and other football bodies have not done enough to remove racism from the system.