Monday, April 20, 2009

Juventus : Say Yes to Razzismo

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Nothing competes with the excitement of top flight European Football. When you enter a stadium you are confronted with a symphony of banners, fireworks, flares, chants and sometimes if you are lucky, racists. The fans in Europe will confront an African player with bananas and gorilla noises. It's all in good fun if you are completely retarded or a fascist.

Juventus is one of the most famous teams in the world. Based in Turin and owned by the Agnelli family as a way to spread their political influence and cover up defects in their Fiat Cars. The "old lady" has "won" their way to 27 Scudettos (Italian Championships). While employing some of the best footballers in the world many of their championships have been tainted due to bribing of officials.

A recent match against rival Inter Milan,was especially heated. Pre match egg throwing was followed by taunts against Inter player Mario Balotelli. While born to Ghanian parents, Balotelli was born in Italy and adopted by an Italian family at 3. He had a chance to play for Ghana but waited until he had the proper papers to play for Italy. The kid has done everything right but still isn't considered Italian by the fans. This from a country which embraced Mauro Camoranesi, a man who doesn't know the words of the national anthem and said after winning the World Cup "I feel Argentine. But I have defended the colors of Italy with dignity." It seems an Italian name has to be matched with Italian skin.

This isn't the first time Balotelli has been the focus of racism. Earlier in the year Roma was fined 7000 Euros for similar inaction by the team after racist actions by the fans. It's nice to know that in Italy the cost of racism is a brand new Fiat Cinquecento. Pending appeal, which Juve will probably win, the fine is one home game played without fans.

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