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Xenophobia in Sport

Xenophobia in Sport

In France, football is a means of integration in society, and the multinational national team that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup is still a role-model for many French people. Therefore, xenophobia of football fans is a relatively rare thing. In February 2015 fans of the British Chelsea in the Paris Metro sang a racist song and threatened a black woman.

April 11, 2015 Bastia FC accused the president of the Professional Football League of France, Frederic Tiere, of racism against Corsica, because he did not shake hands with the players of "Bastia", who lost the match against Paris Saint-Germain. Trier himself responded by saying: "When an incident occurs in which the Parisians are to blame, they are responsible, because everyone makes mistakes. But the sanctions against Bastia are perceived for some reason as racism against Corsica. This is not racism, it is the application of the law to all”.

At the same time, manifestations of xenophobia are recorded in other sports sectors. On August 29, 2015, during the meetings of the rugby teams Po and Montpellier, fans of Po insulted a Fijian player, calling him a monkey.

In July 2015 there was a scandal around Tour de France - representatives of the African team accused the other participants of racist statements.

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