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Mijailovic Guilty of Racial Abuse

Following Benni McCarthy's allegations that he was racially abused during Blackburn Rovers' astounding 2-1 UEFA Cup victory over Wisla Krakow last Thursday, Wisla defender Nikola Mijailovic has now been found guilty by UEFA and as a consequence will serve a five match ban.

Rovers' UEFA Cup triumph over the Polish outfit should have seen us cracking open the bubbly and indulging in celebration, but unfortunately the night was to be eclipsed by McCarthy becoming victim to the much loathed, yet familiar racial abuse.

The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body investigated these allegations after the Football Association's request, and they were quick to act and find Mijailovic guilty as charged. The 24-year old will now be merely a spectator for their next five UEFA Cup matches.

It would be interesting to find out how UEFA conducted this investigation and how they found him to be guilty, whether it be other players hearing the racial slurs, lip readers being used etc. But it is good to see that racist allegations are taken seriously and dealt with as priority, high importance and quickness, as rightly they should.

This could be considered a step forward and Mijailovic should no doubt be used as an example to try and discourage racism not only by the so-called fans, but also the players.

Mijailovic does have until Monday to appeal the verdict and no doubt he will, but I am sure his denial will fall upon death ears and hopefully be that of a lost cause. The lesson to be learnt here is there is no place for racism in any shape or form in football or otherwise.

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 27 2006

Time: 8:46AM

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I would love to know how exactly he was caught, was it his word against that of Benni and the ref? or wot metods have they in place, I would have thought a lip reader wot have been a good idea but would have been fortunate to be in the rite place to notice wot one person said through the players as they went off at the end of the game. But its good to see that this sort of abuse will be dealt with by the bodies in charge, it should serve as a message to those small minded few that they will be caught and they will be banned
Clint
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27/10/2006 10:01:00

There are cameras EVERYWHERE now, and even people with camera phones etc so I'm sure someone or some camera picked it up and these images would have been used with the aid of a lip reader surely? If not other players must have witnessed events as one persons word against another wouldn't stand up would it? It is great to see, lets hope UEFA and FIFA keep up this kind of action, giving out these "meaningless" fines doesn't help, making examples of people and hurting them where it hurts the most, banning them from playing is the way to go! There is no place for racism or discrimination of any kind in this world, football or otherwise and the sooner people come to terms with this the better!
Hughes Da Man
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27/10/2006 10:17:00

well im glad thats over and done with there is only one word for people like himself "scum" (HDM word)
marshinrover
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27/10/2006 17:59:00

One of my favourtie words in that context, racists etc are scum!
Hughes Da Man
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27/10/2006 23:11:00

 

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