It’s absurd, but the “Blatter must go” mantra is perhaps a foregone conclusion for those who see racism everywhere on the planet, from up there to the Cape of Good Hope…
“Blatter must go”? John Barnes thinks so and if anybody, he should know. I’m still neutral on the matter. Still licking my wounds after Lager-beer kept the two Nigerian strikers on the bench, this last world cup. I was in Estonia at the time and watched the match in the hotel lounge, a little subdued, completely outnumbered by the gringos….
This is the first minute of an impressive & lucid six minute discussion between John Barnes and Adam Boulton; it’s a pity that we don’t have the full interview which I watched this afternoon ( Friday 18th ) because Barnes was brilliant – and fair – about the deeper issues -. the deep-seated sociological issue of racism being permanently there in the background and in every sector of society – including sports and the solution says Barnes, is education – to educate people out of their stereotypical prejudices….
In the meanwhile, we don’t have to be too sensitive – suppose somebody says something about someone else’s big nose (aesthetic preference) – it doesn’t have to be racism does it. ?
P.S. This racism thing, it’s not easy – Africa needs more referees and linesmen….. I’m telling you the truth: If only yours truly were qualified and luckily lotted to referee the World Cup final between e.g. Nigeria and Germany…..you frown at me – yellow card – what’s that – you think that I am just one helluva unjust nigger, you look at me like that ? Red Card.! And when I blow my whistle and say penalty – what the referee Black Stalin says, goes…
By half time Germany should be down to seven players on the field ….the referee might not leave the stadium alive and even before that he might have been told that he will never referee another match again, in this life/ world…..but justice could have been done…..