Saturday, July 30, 2011

Why Discrimination Still Exist?

It seems like a long journey for LGBT to get their equality rights, including in sports. Recently, Nigerian coach Eucharia Uche — that she’d kicked players off ther team “not because they were bad players, but because they were lesbians” — is at the heart of protest.FIFA reaction for this case is just going to talk with UChe and suggest her to express oneself neutrally.




More than 100 activists dressed as referees are expected to converge in front of the Frankfurt Football stadium on July 13 to urge FIFA to back up their discrimination policy, beginning with a full investigation into coach Uche. According to a press release, the group is asking for a suspension for Uche — a sanction that they say would be consistent with previous infractions by FIFA members including ones against Maradona and Zidane.

Despite some gains in anti-racism advocacy work in world football, FIFA’s been famously slow and ineffective in its response to complaints about homophobia. As a recent example, in early 2011 FIFA — along wth the UEFA — reconfirmed Vlatko Markovic for a fourth term as president of the Croatian Football Federation despite the fact that he told the press in late 2010 that “[a]s long as I’m president [of the Croatian Football Federation] there will be no gay players. Thank goodness only healthy people play football.”

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