Lord Herman Ouseley on Adebayor incident
In light of the alleged racist chant that was directed at Real Madrid striker Emmanuel Adebayor during the game against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday 5 April, Lord Herman Ouseley, chair of Kick It Out, said:
“We have pursued this matter with our partners at the FARE (Football Against Racism Europe) network, and UEFA.
“Racist abuse is not as prevalent as it has been in the past but, there are unhealthy trends, such as immigrant hysteria, creeping back during these austere times.
“Kick It Out, with its partners, the governing bodies, the fans and players, has made a difference and will continue to progress towards achieving fairness in football.
“We would urge Emmanuel not to be defeatist and join us to take action, to beat this scourge and to make the playing and watching environment, and atmosphere, better for everyone.”
After scoring two goals in a 4-0 victory for Madrid, Adebayor said: “Big players better than me have tried to stop that, but it’s not easy at all.”
“Racists are always there and we can’t do anything to stop it.
“Samuel Eto’o and big players have spoken about it better than I do, but it’s not stopped them.
“We have done everything we can to show the red card to racism. But people are still into it, that’s part of life.”