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One of Serbia's top football clubs, Partizan Belgrade, has condemned racist chanting during a match that reduced one of its players, Brazilian midfielder Everton Luiz, to tears.
He suffered monkey chants and other abuse from fans of rivals Rad Belgrade.
"I couldn't hold back the tears because I was racially insulted from the stands for 90 minutes," said Everton, 28.
A Partizan statement backing him said "we strongly condemn the perpetrators of this insane act".
At the end of the match Everton made a crude gesture at the Rad Belgrade fans, prompting some Rad players to confront him. A brawl broke out, but staff from both sides managed to separate the players.
Rad supporters also brandished a banner insulting Everton. Rad, playing at home, lost 0-1 to Partizan.
originally posted by: Swills
a reply to: Nikola014
Allowing them to freely chant their hate without consequence only enables this kind of behavior and sadly normalizes it.
This reminded me of the late 1980's when Mark Walters joined Glasgow Rangers.
originally posted by: SprocketUK
As horrible as that was, he needs to toughen up.
People like Cyril Regis and John Barnes had bananas thrown at them along with the insults, they just did their best to destroy the other team in response.
Celtic making a stand against these things?,yeah right that's why the Scottish government had to make a new law regarding things like sectarian singing at football.This law was to bring Celtic and Rangers fans into the 21st century.
originally posted by: Substracto
Soccer always had hooligans, and in most cases those same hooligans have political associations or are part of right wing extremist groups. My answer as to why they werent evicted out of the stadium is because they are more numerous than the police that is there to do security, and FIFA which is the head organism of the football association deals with cases like this, what's going to happen is that RAD will pay a fine and will have to play a number of games at closed doors, this means no spectators in the stand.
There are certain football clubs that take a stand against racism and other forms of ism, in Germany you have Fc St. Pauli which is considered a socialist left leaning club, in Italy you have Livorno which is considered a communist leaning club, In Scotland you have Glasgow Celtic which also takes a stand against these things, etc etc etc.
PS: when it comes to the clubs paying the fines for their supporters wrong doings, that should be revised, those same supporters should pay the price themselves, if not, later on the clubs should punish them accordingly.