Typically, sexism and racism are separate issues. The World Cup is a cesspool for both. The quadrennial event is an international soccer competition in which 32 countries participate.
According to the Bloomberg Report, soccer is the world’s most popular sport and it boasts over 3.5 billion fans globally. With racism and sexism continuing to plague the game, when do we say enough is enough And how do we hold people accountable
FIFA has always been weak in its stance on both.
Evidently, sexism started at the top. Hence the organization’s laissez faire attitude to the scores of women who are verbally abused and disrespected at the games. Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s former president, once even suggested that women players wear tighter shorts so men would be more interested.
It’s no surprise that male fans would be equally gross. The notoriety of the #MeToo movement has prompted women to put the spotlight on misogyny in the game, and it’s ugly. Videos of female fans, who don’t speak the language of the hosting country, repeating obscenities given to them by men. Reporter Julia Gonzalez was kissed and groped as she worked live on air in Moscow at the games.
Racism is another monkey wrench in the game. European countries have a horrible reputation when it comes to FIFA’s Black players. Black players, globally, have had to endure racial taunts as well as fans wearing blackface and making monkey faces. They’ve even had bananas thrown at them. Yes, in the 21st century, Black players endure insurmountable acts of disrespect in order to play the game they love. Every game, FIFA denounces racism — and every four years, nothing changes.
So what exactly will it take for women and people of color to be protected at the games FIFA hasn’t taken a definitive stand. They fake outrage and then it’s on to the next city where marginalized people will be targeted again. It’s time to light a fire under FIFA’s well-padded ass. The only way FIFA will understand that racism and sexism need to end is by hitting their sponsors where it hurts — in the pockets. By continuing to fund this event, sponsors are condoning this behavior — albeit indirectly — PERIOD.
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