October 05, 2006

Germany has not yet evolved

Persistent racist taunts by supporters of an eastern German football club against a Nigerian player have highlighted that racism remains a problem in football leagues in Germany and elswhere in Europe despite new penalties announced by the game's world governing body FIFA.

Last Sunday's match between two German fourth division soccer teams once again betrayed the existence of lingering racism in German and European soccer. In the second half, fans from visiting Hallesche FC shouted ape noises at FC Sachsen Leipzig's Nigerian midfielder, Adebowale Ogungbure, and his Congolese teammate, Rolf-Christel Guie-Mien. According to Uwe Walter, a security adviser for FC Sachsen, the noises came from the visiting team's fan section after Ogungbure had been fouled.