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?