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Let's Kick It Out

Last night when I was watching Luis Aragones` pre-match press conference I thought to myself that given the anti-racism campaign in football that`s been going on for so long that it`s amazing he was allowed to keep his job and was punished only with a £2,000 fine.

For those of you who are unaware of the incident, he told Jose Reyes that he is 'better than that black sh*t` (referring to Thierry Henry).

In his conference last night he refused to talk about it and when asked about the disgusting 'monkey chants` made at Shaun Wright Phillips and Ashley Cole during a Spain V England friendly in Madrid back in 2004, he said he 'did not see the incident`.

At that point I was contemplating a rant about the whole topic.

This afternoon I see an article on saying that he has won his appeal against the fine.

For me it`s amazing that he was allowed to keep his job, yet alone get away with such a poxy fine. The Spanish FA should not have needed an investigation that resulted in a fine; he should have been dismissed immediately for racism in the work place.

If you or I walked into work and said the same thing, we would be dismissed without question, why should it be any different for a football manager? If anything, he should have been made an example of!

Aragones today confirmed: "My lawyer told me this morning.

'I went to court because it was a stain on my reputation and because the offence did not exist as some judges thought.'

Racism is a big enough problem in Spanish football as it is, allowing people to get away with it will only exacerbate the problem.

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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Wednesday February 7 2007
Time: 1:15PM


The authorities simply do not care about this problem. I was at PSV a few years back and witnessed Henry tolerate disgusting chants. PSV got a fine which totalled to under a thousand pounds! In my eyes, that makes UEFA racists too.
Little Dutch
07/02/2007 13:39:00
Sticks and stones, ignore it and it'll go away, playing up to it is what they want
07/02/2007 13:41:00
Racism is bad, that is true.But what about the homophobic comments you make to ashley cole?Doesn't that count as something that should be kicked out of football as well?
07/02/2007 13:51:00
Yes, having said that the way Cole was playing for you guys up til his injury looks like he's still got a mobile jammed up his greedy little arse! ;)
07/02/2007 13:57:00
'we're not homophobic, we just hate ashley cole'...sing it with me
Anon 1
07/02/2007 13:57:00
You will never kick racism out of footy, What chance is there of stopping racists when players like Cashley ruddy well go and marry one?
07/02/2007 14:02:00
k_chelski. Agreed.
Little Dutch
07/02/2007 14:03:00
really dont think that saying "that little black *****" implies rasism. the words little and ***** are more offensive than black. (because thiery is black but is not small nor is he *****) I think you are stuck in times of too much political correctness. I dont say that aragones is not a rasicst, I am just saying that it cannot be proven and that is what I think happened in court. dont get me wrong I am totaly against rasisam, monkey chants and any kind of rasial discrimination, but in this case I just dont think it fits. I know I'll get a lot of stick for this comment, but I really dont find it that outrageous
07/02/2007 14:12:00
Oh ok.So if i hate william gallas i can call him a faggot??How on earth do you want to kick racism out of the game, making hypocritical comments like that nikolajins(and anon1)?You don't justify one's behavior doing the same thing. Aragones said those things against henry, would it be right for someone else to talk ***** about aragones's country?No.You don't stop racism with racism, or things like that.
07/02/2007 14:14:00
kidk, very brave comment. Do me a favour and go and tell Lennox Lewis he is a big, black **** and see if he finds it rascist. It is people like you with comments like that that make it impossible to eradicate from the game and general life. You have just proved my opinion that it is not ignorance that is the problem, but stupidity.
07/02/2007 14:24:00
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