Newly appointed technical advisor to the Minister of Youth and Sports and the Director of Sports at the University of Ghana, Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu has called for Racism to be tackled from the society level.
Racial abuse in sports has intensified in the last few months despite actions taken to stop the unacceptable act.
In the just-ended Euro 2020 Championship England black trio Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, and Jadon Sancho were targeted after they missed penalties in the final.
On Saturday, July 17, Germany’s Olympic football team walked off the pitch during a warm-up match after one of their defender Jordan Torunarigha was allegedly racially abused by an opponent in their game against Honduras in Wakayama, Japan.
Formula star Lewis Hamilton was also targeted with online racist abuse hours after winning the British Grand Prix for the eighth time on Sunday.
Racist messages including ‘monkey emojis’ and other racial slurs were sent as replies to a post by the Mercedes team on Instagram celebrating Hamilton’s success.
The UK Government says it will consult on the extension of Football Banning Orders that will see online abusers banned from stadiums for up to ten years, in the same way, violent thugs are barred from grounds.
A report by a campaign group Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) shows that identifying perpetrators of online hate is just one part of the problem.
Having served as a board member of Football Against Racism in Europe, Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu believes that racial abuse can be stopped at the societal level.
“What happens I the football area is only a reflection of what happens I the society. If we are able to tackle discrimination and racism in society and you can see that extremism and racism are rising in many parts of the world especially in Europe. So we need to get up ad change our status quo, redesign our strategies ad attack those things from the grassroots level, the schools, the church, the synagogues, the mosques, the streets, etc.
no child grows up from the womb of the Mom to understand the difference between black ad white.so we need to strengthen our system ad of course the issues I sports as well.”
The technical advisor to the Minister of youth and sports is also proud to be part of the strategies to stop racism in football.
“If you look at the hand band of the captains, it is written there, “respect”. I’m happy to one of the founding members of Football against racism in Europe ad I was one of the people who designed that strategy of the “respect” thing”.
However, it appears that as the years go by, the strategy seems to be saturated and disappointingly, it has come to be what it is”.