On Racism

Over the last couple of weeks or so, the Premier League has become gripped by a weird frenzy. It started with the accusations made by Patrice Evra towards Luiz Suarez in the aftermath of the 1-1 draw between Liverpool and Manchester United, and has reached a crescendo as we await the results of the police investigation into similar accusations made after the match between Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea a couple of weeks ago. It is, of course, racism that we are speaking of. Or it would be, were it not for the lingering suspicion that quite a lot of the white noise that has been threatening to deafen anybody that dares to peek into the weird, tribal world of the Premier League may not necessarily be about the issue of racism at all. So, to make things absolutely clear, there is no place for racism in modern football. We all surely know this already, to the extent that having to make such a statement seems almost superfluous. That it does need to be made in the interests of clarity says a lot about the low quality of the debate on the subject of racism over the last couple of weeks or so. At every point that we might start to think that the level of conversation on the subject has finally bottomed out, something else has come along...

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