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Who are the 'Untouchables' in UK and European football?

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posted on Jan, 8 2006 @ 08:27 AM
Are they representative of the whole of the UK and Europe when it comes to racism? If racism is rampant in European football, is rasism itself rampant in Europe?


posted on Jan, 8 2006 @ 09:37 AM
There have been gangs of racist idiots infesting British football for years (but it is nothing like the numbers and days when, for instance, the dock workers came out on strike in support of Enock Powell's racist comments), Europe is similar; it's one of the last refuges of that sort where they can group together and stroke each others ego for being such (in their eyes) scary great tough little racists.

They aren't typical and when it comes to elections we can all see they haven't anything like the popular support they imagine.
In the UK I doubt we would ever elect a man like Enock Powell now.

From time to time the 'fortunes' of the fascist parties move up and down (a little) but they very very rarely break into the mainstream.

In the rare instances where they do it is usually in coalition and for a short period (as seen in Austria recently).
Or the mere threat of them breaking through has the majority come out against them (as happened in France with Le Pen recently).

Possibly they are always with us as someone once said but to claim their type of racism is typical is a huge mistake, it might be possible to realistically claim racial prejudice of a much lower level is more typical but even that is enormously debatable.

UK and European peoples might not be perfect but at least we can say we are trying and that the majority of us are certainly not like that crowd.
As a writer in one of our Sunday papers here put it today it's not so much a matter of 'being PC' as simply refusing top be so bloody damnably rude to other people.

[edit on 8-1-2006 by sminkeypinkey]

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