​Dr. Richard Lapchick, Director

Racism in Sport: November 2017

Blue Bulls facing racism accusations

  • The Blue Bulls Company (BBC) will face possible litigation because of the issues racism and a purge of black management. This comes after the dismissal of former Springbok flank and team manager Tim Dlulane, Super Rugby defense coach Pine Pienaar, former Bulls and Junior Springbok center and Under-19 head coach Dewey Swartbooi, former Bulls flank and Under-19 assistant coach Denzil Frans and junior teams’ manager Nqubeko Zulu this week.

English FA 'cultural review' after team racism controversy

  • On Thursday, the English Football Association launched a "full cultural review" to improve inclusivity. The initiative comes in the aftermath of of FA Greg Clarke’s apologies for the comment he had made in regards to racism within FA. Clarke mentioned that the review was an attempt "to win back the trust of our country." Clarke pledged to put in place better whistle-blowing and grievance procedures around the England teams after the inadequacies were exposed by women's team players.

Austrian club fined for fans’ racist abuse of opponent

  • An Austrian Union Gurten third-division club has been fined 3,000 euros ($3,470) for racist chants, targeting Altach’s Bernard Tekpetey on the Sept. 20. Tekpetey reacted to the insults by gesturing toward the fans, and was sent off. The league disciplinary committee banned him for two matches, despite acknowledging Tekpetey was provoked. Also, Union Gurten must participate in an anti-racism workshop.

Cardona apologizes amid racism storm in South Korea

  • Colombia’s Edwin Cardona has apologized after sparking a racism controversy during his team’s 2-0 loss to South Korea in an international friendly. The Colombian midfielder made an apparently derogatory gesture with his eyes toward South Korean players in the second-half of Friday night’s game at Suwon World Cup Stadium, south of Seoul. Cardona’s actions were condemned by the Korean media and captain Ki Sung-Yeung. The player apologized and said that he did not intend to offend anyone and that his gesture was misinterpreted.

Coach quits over racist tweets aimed at black NASCAR driver

  • In Wisconsin, Cambridge High School golf coach Brent Nottestad resigned on Thursday and apologized for a series of racist tweets aimed at an African-American NASCAR driver Darrell Wallace Jr. In one of his tweets Nottestad referred to the number ”1423,” which the Anti-Defamation League says is associated with a white supremacist prison gang. Nottestad says his choice of the number was random.

UM to host talk with Ford CEO, ex-NFL commissioner on sports, racism

  • On Tuesday, Ford Motor Co. CEO and a former UM athletics director Jim Hackett and former National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue joined UM Director of Athletics Warde Manuel for a discussion about the intersection of sports, society and public policy. Topics included racial discrimination and how Title IX has impacted gender equity in sports.

UEFA Clears Roma of Racism Charge After Alleged Chelsea Incident

  • UEFA has closed its disciplinary proceedings against AS Roma without any punishment, clearing the Italian club and its fans of wrongdoing in an alleged Champions League incident. The incident in question took place in a group stage match on Oct. 18, when former Roma player and Chelsea summer signing Antonio Rudiger was allegedly the target of monkey noises coming from Roma fans. Reports suggest insufficient evidence was the reason for UEFA vacating its investigation without levying any fine, point reduction or ban.

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