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Xenophobia in Sport

Xenophobia in Sport

In late March, 2013, there was a case when Estonian Siim Liyvik playing in Finland for the Helsinki club IFK was offended because during the match between the IFC and the Tampere Club “Tappara” he was called “Russian”, in response he called an opponent of Swedish Bosnian origin Dragan Umichevicha a Gypsy.

In late April, 2014, a scandal enflamed around a racist incident in Finnish basketball. Black Sanomille player Jaraun Burrows accused a player of Kataja, Sami Lehtoranta, of racist abuse. Lehtoranta and his team denied these allegations. The incident was discussed in the Finnish press. As a result, both players were fined for offensive language.

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