Radio review: Facing up to our own record of racism in sport

The abuse suffered by England players after the Euro 2020 final is an all-too-familiar tale for some club football players here too, listeners are told

18th July, 2021
Radio review: Facing up to our own record of racism in sport
England manager Gareth Southgate brings on Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford at extra time in the Euro 2020 final: the two players, along with Bukayo Saka, were subjected to racial abuse after they missed penalties. Picture: Eddie Keogh/Getty

Football is not merely a sport, it is a significant expression of a society’s cultural values, even in Ireland where the GAA, a political force as much as a sporting organisation, banned its members from playing it for 70 years.

Who can deny, for example, that the diversity of Jack Charlton’s Republic of Ireland squad in the late-1980s played a critical role in our embrace of a more plural, multicultural identity? As England lined...

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