Are UEFA Barking Mad ?
UEFA, the Governing Body for European football, The leaders in codification for football throughout Europe, The Moderators of that codification to ensure the highest levels of fairness and fair play in Europe, The Organisers and Iconic image as a Powerful Organisation relied upon to promote successful legitimate football business and punish actions and behaviour which brings the game into disrepute.
To promote positive sporting values, including fair play and anti-racism, as well as safe and secure match environments is not something UEFA takes lightly. Neither, too, is making football work for the broader benefit of society and influencing attitudes and behaviour beyond the confines of the stadium.
(Adam Szreter- http://www.uefa.com/news/newsid=402593.html)
But have their latest decisions been contradictory to values and policies within the sport.Racism in European Football has always been a major issue especially in countries such as Italy,Spain,Portugal and the Eastern Block Countries and for the most part UEFA have issued fines and sanctions against those clubs who have brought the game into disrepute,but are they doing enough? and have the sanctions been enough to deter racial abuse? and have the fines distributed been enough to make a dent in which clubs will think about how they can help curb the issue within their own clubs and from the stands.
UEFA believe they are but I don’t believe that is the case.Football is an industry generating billions of dollars and the clubs at the top of their divisions who play in Europe every season will generate a higher profit margin than most.Because of this why do UEFA believe that it is a legitimate sanction to fine a club between 20 and 40 thousand Euro’s for racial abuse ?, To the clubs involved this is like having an extra player for a single week offering a one weeks wage to a player and is in no way a deterrent to racial abuse, those clubs are happily taking the punishment and in most occasions deny the very existence of the racial abuse within they’re stands even when the evidence is placed upon them and unmistakably proven to be true.How many times are clubs going to be allowed to get away with poor excuses such as ” it was a misinterpretation of the words and they were just supporting our players”
there would be no compromise in his organisation’s stance against racism in football.”Our policy on racism is one of zero tolerance,” ( Uefa president Michel Platini – http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/8131082.stm )
And now we know the truth Michel Platini rendering you’re above statement unfounded. UEFA’S priorities have clearly been shown in recent events as unbelievably the organisation have fined Manchester City more for entering the field ONE minute late for the game against Sporting in the Europa League than the racial abuse Manchester City’s black players received from Porto fans in the tournament.Porto were fined 20,000 Euro’s and Manchester City were fined 30,000 Euros for being late. This is another example of farcical behaviour from an Organisation which is responsible for upholding the Law and Codification of the Sport.What kind of dangerous example are UEFA setting to Clubs in these countries where racism in sport is rife and to players who are expected to promote their organisation in these countries by playing in their high-profile tournaments.Are UEFA really expecting people to accept that they believe poor time keeping by up to 60 seconds is a far more punishable action by exactly 10,000 Euro’s than racism in football especially as it was so clear.Where does that leave the victims ? would Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure be justified in refusing to play in European competition in certain countries due to the lack of strength and Moderating from the organisation which is supposed to protect them.UEFA’S priorities are completely in the dark ages which is proven by this decision.
Following that game City made an official complaint, after Balotelli informed club officials that he had heard the monkey noises and taunts throughout the first half and then when he was substituted late on. Porto defended themselves, claiming that what was heard was actually chants from both Porto and City fans in support of their players, Hulk and Sergio [Agüero].Uefa upheld the decision although the fine amount is the same as €20,000 demanded five years ago from the Serbian football federation after supporters racially abused England’s black players during their European Under-21 championship match in the Netherlands. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/apr/11/manchester-city-fined-porto-racism?newsfeed=true
Porto like other clubs tried to pass off the monkey chants and racial abuse as their own fans supporting their own players and Sergio Aguero in which they believe it didn’t happen, this excuse is surely getting boring and in response when pushed accused Manchester City fans of racial abuse because of chants aimed at their star forward Hulk which were “you’re not incredible, you’re not incredible” , which of course was a poor attempt to compare monkey chants against.As we look at this issue we have seen two incidents in Britain and we believe that we are fighting against racial abuse in our own country but it doesn’t even scratch the surface compared to the rest of Europe where racism isn’t even accepted as an issue which is why it is so rife within these countries.
Considering the impact in which Michel Platini and UEFA’S decisions have in the football world it has actually hardly surprised me that they come up with the ludicrous statements,fines and sanctions that they do.The organisation is dominated by other European nationals so why should we be so surprised that fines are so low when they have been brought up in cultures where racial abuse is discarded and not deemed a negative impact embedded in the routes of society, but yet it seems being 60 seconds late for a game is?.In my opinion Michel Platini has never been the right man for the job and organisations should never be led by former players as they have agendas and will do everything in theyre power to see that agenda fulfilled which almost never includes fair play for all and transparency a prime example of this is the fines given to Celtic for using flares in the stands against Udinese.
A UEFA spokesperson said: ‘Celtic have been fined 25,000 euros by UEFA’s control and disciplinary body for breaching Article 11 of the UEFA disciplinary regulations.
The hypocrisy is lamentable seem as though flares are used in stands in Italy and Spain in nearly every fixture they play if they fined them UEFA could have enough to end world hunger, but they wont because that would be against a European agenda of a former player who finds himself sat at the head of the table at one of the worlds biggest Organisations.It is suspected that a banner saying “F*** UEFA ” was the real catalyst for the fine, because of course you can’t have banners insulting UEFA they would rather you shout racial abuse while holding a flare in one hand and throwing missiles on the pitch with the other.There has been no answer from UEFA as of yet for the fines but expect one over the next few days as this farcical and morally and ethically dangerous decision grows pace within the politics of football.
UEFA’s treatment of Porto suggests that Europe’s governing body simply doesn’t care.