Date:Saturday October 28 2006
The five match UEFA Cup ban for Wisla Krakow's Nikola Mijailovic after he was found guilty of racially abusing Blackburn Rovers' striker Benni McCarthy is a step in the right direction but Benni wants more.
Although this racism subject isn't one that I want to keep covering, not because I feel it isn't important, far from it as I think those found guilty should be punished more severely than they are I just don't want it to be viewed as us taking advantage of the situation to get articles.
I do think it is important to cover Benni's thoughts on the incident, how he hopes the games governing bodies will clamp down on racism and why he refrained from retaliating. Speaking to Sky Sports News he said:
"I think in football it is wrong, we are doing so much fighting - let's fight racism, fight all kinds of things in sport - and then you still find a lot of people are racist or they do things to go against what you are trying to prevent.
"I think an example has to be made before people really get it in their head that those nasty things don't exist in football any more.
"So I think whether they get a one game or five game suspension, I don't really care whatever happens to him, I just hope that there is no next victim because it is not a good thing when you are playing and you get treated like that."
On why he decided not to retaliate against Mijailovic's actions he went on to say:
"I could have been nasty as well if I had wanted to, because the thing he said to me, it's one of things you hear every day when there were difficulties in the past, but it's stuff that you are familiar with and it goes in one ear and comes out the other,' McCarthy added.
"But I know if I had to retaliate I would have probably hurt him more than he did to me.
"But it is not about retaliation, it`s about respecting people in general.
"He treated me in the manner he did and I didn't feel it was appropriate to retaliate or to say anything back to make me feel good so I just think it was wrong.
"I just hope that the sooner that these things stop the better because football is better off without problems than having to deal with all sorts of small crazy things by stupid people."
The negative press Mijailovic has received will hopefully make others think twice (not just players but also fans) before making racist remarks in the future.
It often makes you wonder why you would want to bring children in to such a world as the one we live in but after what has happened with Mijailovic along with the vast majority that share a correct view that racism, discrimination and prejudicial behaviour or actions of any kind will not be tolerated will hopefully make my children's and their children's generations better ones to live in. That's quite enough of my World Peace ran...
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Date:Saturday October 28 2006
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