Bob Costas Slams CBS for Ignoring Augusta National’s History of Excluding Blacks, Women

NBC commentator Bob Costas slammed CBS for ignoring the Augusta National Golf Club’s history of excluding black and female members from its ranks. Costas said, “What no CBS commentator has ever alluded to, even in passing, even during a rain delay, even when there was time to do so, is Augusta’s history of racism and sexism. Even when people were protesting just outside the grounds — forget about taking a side — never acknowledging it…I just think somebody ought to have had the guts to do it along the way… Broadcaster, executive, somebody”.

Here’s Bob Costas slamming CBS on the Dan Patrick Show:

AC Milan VP Paolo Berlusconi Under Fire for Racist Comment about Mario Balotelli

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AC Milan VP Paolo Berlusconi Under Fire for Racist Comment about Mario Balotelli (Photo credit: massimo ankor)

Paolo Berlusconi, the brother of former Italy PM Silvio Berlusconi and vice president of AC Milan, is under fire for a “racist” comment about the team’s latest acquisition, Mario Balotelli.

Paolo Berlusconi, who also runs the family newspaper, Il Giornale, made a derogatory reference about Mario Balotelli, a campaign rally in Milan: “Now, let’s go see the family’s little black boy, the hot head,” a pejorative term for black people.

 AC Milan VP Paolo Berlusconi Under Fire for Racist Comment about Mario Balotelli

UEFA Charges Spain and Russia for Racist Chants Toward Mario Balotelli, Theodor Gebre Selassie

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UEFA Charges Spain and Russia for Racist Chants Toward Mario Balotelli, Theodor Gebre Selassie(euromobi.supersport)

UEFA CHARGES SPAIN AND RUSSIA FOR RACIST CHANTS:  UEFA charged the Spanish and Russian football associations for racist chants by fans at Euro 2012. The racist chants, specifically “monkey noises,” were directed by Spain fans at Italy forward Mario Balotelli. Russians fans targeted Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie. UEFA said it has opened disciplinary cases for “improper conduct of their supporters (racist behavior, racist chanting).”

This comes on the heels of the La Gazzetta dello Sport portraying Mario Balotelli as King Kong atop Big Ben and swatting soccer balls.

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Italian Newspaper Racially Insensitive Cartoon of Star Forward Mario Balotelli as King Kong Atop Big Ben

Italian Newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport Portrays Mario Balotelli as King Kong Atop Big Ben

SMH: Italian newspaper, La Gazzetta dello Sport published a photo-illustration of Italy’s star striker, Mario Balotelli, as King Kong atop Big Ben swatting away soccer balls. Wow, so much for Euro 2012 being marred by racism, but coming from a newspaper is downright insensitive. The cartoon came after Italy beat England in a penalty kick 4-2 shoot-out. I guess UEFA needn’t just look to Poland and Ukraine for racism. They should also look to other European countries. I am pretty sure when Balotelli addressed racism concerns in Poland and Ukraine, as well as when Croatian soccer fans taunted him, he wasn’t thinking his country of Italy would sink to the same level:

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Italian Newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport Portrays Mario Balotelli as King Kong Atop Big Ben (NY Daily News)

UPDATE#1 (06/27/12): La Gazzetta dello Sport issues an apology for the racist cartoon of Mario Balotelli as King Kong:

“It was not our cartoonist Valerio Marini best work. At the moment, it needed a little more discretion and good taste. But we have always been against racism and against Balotelli Emil ahvihüüdeid do not have to accept, “said the representative of the newspaper. (translated from Estonian by Google Translate)


UEFA Charges Croatia with Racial Abuse After Fans Made “Monkey Chants” at Italy’s Black Player Mario Balotelli

UPDATE#1 (06/19/12):  The UEFA fined Croatia’s football association $101,000 or  80,000 Euros on Tuesday after fans racially abused Italy forward Mario Balotelli at a Euro 2012 championship match.

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UEFA Charges Croatia with Racial Abuse After Fans Made “Monkey Chants” at Italy’s Black Player Mario Balotelli (Image credit: Getty Images)

The UEFA has charged the Croatian soccer association at the European Championship after receiving reports fans made “monkey chants” at Italy’s forward Mario Balotelli. The team is charged with “improper conduct” of supporters at Thursday’s game in Poznan, Poland, the UEFA said in a statement.

UEFA received the reports of racist behavior from anti-discrimination monitors working with Football Against Racism in Europe, who said Croatia fans make “monkey noises and displayed far-right nationalist flags. Balotelli started the game for Italy against Croatia but was replaced in the second half.

So what is the punishment the Croatian association faces? The punishment ranges from warnings, a sliding scale of fines, points deductions and even expulsion from Euro 2012.

 UEFA Charges Croatia with Racial Abuse After Fans Made Monkey Chants at Italys Black Player Mario Balotelli

Euro 2012 Begins with Racist Chants, Monkey Noises, Aimed at Black Dutch Players During Training

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Euro 2012 Begins with Racist Chants, Monkey Noises, Aimed at Black Dutch Players During Training

EURO 2012 BEGINS WITH RACIST CHANTS AIMED AIMED AT BLACK PLAYERS:  Euro 2012 has barely started and black soccer players are being subjected to racist chants. The Europeans are so much more civilized than Americans. SMH. Soccer is a way of life for many people around the world and it shows in the fact that more than 25,000 people came out to Stadion Miejski in Krakow, Poland, just to watch the Netherlands national team practice. A large group of those fans greeted the team’s black players with racist “monkey noises.” This is obscene and unruly behavior that shouldn’t be tolerated one iota.

Dutch captain Mark van Bommel was exasperated at the racist display,  saying “You need to open your ears. If you did hear it, and don’t want to hear it, that is even worse.”

The problems occurred as the players began the session by jogging a lap of the pitch only to be greeted at one end of the stadium with monkey noises and loud jeers. On the second circuit, they were even louder and it was then the players decided not to go around again. “At least now we know what we can encounter,” the Holland coach, Bert van Marwijk, said with heavy cynicism. “Very atmospheric.” Source: Guardian

Poland will tell you it has come a long way and is working to change the perception, with the election of its first black parliamentarian, John Godson.  That’s all well and good, but if you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig. There is a seedy undercurrent of racism in Poland and the Ukraine that will continue to rear its ugly head at Euro 2012, whether the UEFA cares to admit it or not. My oldest son would like to play professional soccer after he graduates from college, but I would have serious reservations about him ever playing on a European team.

Separately, the Daily Mail reports that a gang of about 50 masked “thugs” attacked foreign fans speaking English and Russian outside pub in Lodz. That incident was deemed a more traditional case of hooliganism. SMH. The UEFA said it has no plans to investigate the monkey chants incident.

Black Former English Soccer Star, Sol Campbell, Urges Boycott of Euro 2012 Over Racism in Ukraine and Poland

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Former Black English Soccer Star, Sol Campbell, Urges Boycott of Euro 2012 Over Racism in Ukraine and PolandBlack Former English Soccer Star, Sol Campbell, Urges Boycott of Euro 2012 Over Racism in Ukraine and Poland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Former English soccer star Sol Campbell, who is black, is urging fans not to go to Poland and the Ukraine for the European Championships, (Euro 2012) saying “stay at home, watch it on TV. Don’t even risk it because you could end up coming back in a coffin.” Campbell, a former Arsenal and Tottenham defender, is referring to the threat racism and violence in the Ukraine and Poland that could make it far too dangerous for black soccer fans.

The families of two of England’s black players, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, have said they will likely not travel to the Euros because of fears of racist abuse.

The Foreign Office advises travelling fans of African-Caribbean or Asian descent to take “extra care.” And the FA estimates that only 5,000 England fans will travel to Kiev and Donetsk. This compares with the 10,000 who visited South Africa, much further away, in 2010 and the 100,000 who descended on Germany in 2006. Source

Campbell says after witnessing footage of fans from the host countries giving the Nazi salute and taunting black players with monkey noises, he is surprised that European soccer’s governing body was wrong to award the tournament to Poland and Ukraine.

 Black Former English Soccer Star, Sol Campbell, Urges Boycott of Euro 2012 Over Racism in Ukraine and Poland