Worrying times for England on and off the pitch following accusations of racist chanting during World Cup qualifying games
The Daily Mirror’s John Cross is this morning reporting some disappointing observations from this week’s World Cup qualifiers; with England fans coming under the spotlight for alleged chants aimed at brothers Rio and Anton Ferdinand.
During last Friday’s game with San Marino, Cross claims that sections of the crowd sung a one-time popular terrace song ‘Build a Bonfire’ which suggests burning the Ferdinand brothers.
The Mirror claim that the song was sung as a reaction to Rio Ferdinand’s decision to pull out of the squad prior to the two qualification games, and as retribution for Anton Ferdinand’s ‘part’ in the John Terry race row which engulfed English football last year.
In addition to courses of “Rio Ferdinand, we know what you are”, which Cross claims the FA have dismissed as having no racist connotations, sections of the crowd were also herd chanting “No surrender to the IRA”, a statement long associated with the National Front and Combat 18.
Show Racism the Red Card is disappointed to learn of the alleged chanting which many believed had been all but eradicated from the game. With the likes of Kevin Prince Boateng and Carlo Cudicini recently using English football as an example to follow when tackling racism in football, this weeks' events highlight the work that still needs to be done.