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Racism in Soccer on ESPN

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“Racism in Soccer” was the teaser line ESPN kept putting on the screen to hold its audience for the halftime show of the Brazil-Ghana match. When we got to halftime, it turned out to be a report about comments made in 2004 by Aragones, the Spanish coach, when he baited his players to beat “the black,” Thierry Henry.

2004? That’s bait and switch.

Let’s talk about racism right now. Where was the satellite feed from Accra, Ghana, during today’s game? ESPN has given us crowds in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Sydney, Australia. But from Africa, where a whole continent was hanging on the bold boys from Ghana, nada.

Philip Weiss

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