- Contemporary Issues of racism in football, with a detailed...
Contemporary Issues of racism in football, with a detailed insight of male adolescents’ perspective
The subject of racism in football is a controversial and
pertinent topic and by investigating further, many issues that
underlie this deplorable subject have been raised. These extend far
and wide, from the local communities where adolescent footballers
start their careers and the social and economic groups they reside
in, to the supporters, right up to the institutions that regulate
and control the very sport and people it is meant to protect.
The issues that exist in modern football have been extensively
written about in recent years (Bains, J. & Patel, R. (1996),
Holland, B. (1997), Bonna-Silva, E. & Forman, T. (2000) and
McGuire et al, (2001)), to name but a few. There is no shortage of
material on the concept of racism and this extends to, though to a
substantially lesser degree, from the perspective of male
Research performed by Bonilla-Silva & Forman (2000)
concludes that whites believe blacks experience discrimination and
they also believe it is due to a small number of prejudiced white
individuals. To ameliorate the relationship between black and white
and to prevent talented young footballers turning their backs on
the national sport, it is clear that something has to be done from
the terraces down to the grass roots and to face the issues that of
racism in the modern game.
This investigation is not an attempt to bridge the gap in
existing literature, nor does it breathe any groundbreaking
knowledge into the topic. This research aims to provide an insight
into the issues inherent in racism today and to what extent this
affects male adolescents. With assistance from key texts and
journals located in this review and combining a mixture of, largely
qualitative data to 'supplement and illustrate the quantitative
data obtained' (Robson, 2002, p.456) it will be possible to gain a
greater understanding of the contemporary issues of racism in
football, and to understand this from a male adolescents'