Race/Gender

Racism at EURO 2012: a quick note for UEFA

The Dutch team, working out in preparation for its opening match at EURO 2012, was targeted Thursday by racist chanting from the crowd in Krakow. UEFA’s response was…disappointing.

UEFA, a day after reportedly denying the chants were racially motivated, acknowledged them Friday.

“UEFA has now been made aware that there were some isolated incidents of racist chanting,” UEFA said in a statement.

Dear UEFA: When it happens all the time, it is not, by definition, “isolated.” I think the word you’re after here is “systematic.”

And I think we all know that this won’t be the last time we hear the words “racism” and “EURO 2012” used together over the coming weeks, don’t we?