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gingerjon

Football could learn from rugby league

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Football is to far up its own pampered ass to take onboard ideas from other sports.

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I never knew he got so much racial abuse when he first started playing Rugby League.

Sure, he got widely abused by opposing fans (and players on occasion!) but bananas on the pitch?!

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Don't remember Offiah getting any racial stick at any of the live games I saw him play.

Last time I heard monkey chants etc was in the very early 80s

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I remember him getting a fair bit of stick, plenty of racism, certainly when he played for Widnes.

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The only place I've been spat at is Hull, but I doubt it was racism.

You can sometimes read too much into these things.

Doubt I'll ever get an apology from the old witch that did it either.

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going back to the 60,s the likes of colin dixon, johnny freeman and joe levula were subjected to torrents of racial abuse from fans and players, then clive sullivan captained gb and everyone thought it would stop but no, the likes of offiah and dessie drummond were constantly subjected to racial bile, in one game at widnes dessie was so ###### off with the abuse from 2 fans he jumped the perimeter wall and smacked them. even today you can still hear the odd neanderthals giving out the sickening abuse. the last i heard was at the old knowsley road when adrian lam was subjected to abuse from the saints fans.

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In my opinion racism is a social-religious-generational thing which thankfully is fast declining in this country despite the media hype which likes to provide constant news that it’s endemic in our society.

My daughters’ generation, the 20 something’s hasn’t grown up encumbered by the aggressive identity politics that my dad’s and quite possibly my generation did, or the kind of institutional rhetoric that made it acceptable.

As a nation we talk about race in blunt and threatening terms when race is an issue. When it isn’t an issue, well, we seem to pretend it is.

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