Ghanaian international midfielder, Kelvin Prince Boateng has stated categorically clear that, points deduction should be used as the main mode of punishment if fans of a certain club are involved in any form of racial abuse whiles a game is ongoing.
The ACF Fiorentina midfielder believes paying of fines and others is not a good measure if indeed racism wants to be eradicated from the game. He added by saying individuals found abusing someone racially should also be prosecuted, this strict measure however will help to stop racism in the game, Kelvin very optimistic with that one.
Racism has been a canker for association football off late, especially on black-skinned footballers. Blaise Matuidi, Moise Kean and Romelu Lukaku have all recently been hit with that racial attack mostly by Cagliari fans.
Ghanaian national, Sulley Muntari angrily walked off the pitch in 2017 when he was in action for U.S Pescara against Cagliari. He was also abused by the fans and after reporting the incident to the referee, he got booked and this made him left the pitch.
Again, Romelu Lukaku despite suffering another racial chants at the Sardegna Arena, he was also abused racially on TV by Italian journalist by the name Luciano Passirani who said, the Belgian can only be stopped if he’s given bananas to eat.
Just recently, Mario Balotelli furiously kicked the ball wide to the Helas Verona fans in a way to express his dissatisfaction with the racist chants that was mounted on him at the Estadio Markantonio Bentegodi in his side Brescia’s 2-1 loss just few weeks ago.
Kelvin Prince Boateng, 32, said this with regards to the problem of racism;
“I’m sick of it,” said the 32-year-old, “people do not understand how Balotelli, Boateng or Koulibaly feel when they get home.”
He becomes “crazy” when he hears comments like “‘yes and you deserve five million euros.”
“These are scars that you cannot get rid of, “, he said.
It was not enough parts to exclude the fans, “we have to lock them in. The clubs have to pay for the behavior of their fans”.
“If necessary, they should be punished with a point deduction”, he added.
All these and many other players especially African footballers have been victims of racism. With this, the former A.C Milan midfielder thinks fines, stadium ban, suspension, writing boldy ” Say No To Racism “, ” My Game Is Fairly ” at the various stadia and other messages which is mend to be known it is a way of eradicating racism in the game isn’t the best solution since it hasn’t yielded anything useful in previous years.
The 2011 Serie A winner believed points deduction and prosecution of individuals should be used and applied effectively and that will be the only way to go if indeed racism wants to abolished from football.
By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim