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8 Football Players Who Were Booed by Their Own Fans

With Piers Morgan calling it a ‘disgrace,’ Granit Xhaka was under fire as he told the Arsenal fans to ‘f*** off’ following the crowd’s booing. Unai Emergy was firm in saying that Xhaka is ‘wrong’ for doing so.

The fans booed Xhaka after it took some time for Xhaka to get out of the field after a call for substitution. He was subbed due to his lacklustre performance.

As the booing got stronger, he cupped his ear, removed his shirt, ignored Emery’s handshake, said the words and storm through the tunnel.

As a captain, the reactions of the fans, as well as the Twitterverse, were consistently against him. 

Xhaka was not the first to be booed by their owns, however.

Here are football players who received the same fate.

Jorginho (Chelsea)

While substituting Ross Barkley in a Europa League’s match against Malmo, Jorginho was booed heavily by Chelsea diehards as he approached the field. 

Although it was considered the Maurizio Sarri was behind the dislike, the fans were actually hating on Jorginho’s style of play. Other than his sideways pass, fans noted that Jorginho offers little to no excitement while playing on the field.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

Bale has a string of titles and honours on his name. He may be known for his acrobatic goals. However, he struggled in one aspect: real consistency. 

In a 1-0 home defeat in a match against Barcelona, Bale was substituted in the 61st-minute mark and prompted a loud booing from the fans. 

Fernando Torres (Chelsea)

Torres has earned boos from both Chelsea faithful and that of the opponents’ supporters. His dire performance following a big-money move was behind the booing. In 172 appearances, Torrest has only netted 45 goals.

On his 100th club appearance against Swansea, Torres received relentless booing from the crowd. The crowd also went wild when Demba Ba substituted for him in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Emmanuel Eboue (Arsenal)

Eboue was booed by the Arsenal during a Premier League match against Wigan. Arsenal was leading with 1-0, but the then head coach, Arsene Wenger decided to substitute for Eboue in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Saying that he did bad is an understatement. He tackled a teammate and gave the ball away twice. Wenger pulled him off after 9 minutes of action in the field amidst the caterwauling boos.

Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)

Ferdinand was the subject of the fans’ ridicule during the 2005 preseason friendly games. He was the star player then but was caught meeting up with Peter Kenyon, chief executive to Chelsea.

The fans concluded that Ferdinand was cooking up a move to another club. The fact that he stalled the negotiations between the Red Devils and him despite the £100,000 weekly offer.

Hossam Ghaly (Tottenham)

In May 2007, Ghaly subbed for Steed Malbranque as he sustained an injury. The substitution happened during the first half and on the second half, Ghaly was substituted for someone else. Martin Jol, the former manager of Tottenham, was not satisfied with his performance.

Ghaly took it heavily, ripping his shirt as he was getting off the pitch. He even flung it in front of Jol. The crowd immediately went into a booing frenzy. Every time he plays on the pitch since then, the fans would greet him with resounding boos.

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10 Most Decorated Football Players of All Time

If there’s one sport who produced legends and legacies, that would be football. These football players have contributed immensely to their respective clubs, and the entire league recognized them for their contributions and dedication.

Here are the football legends whose legacy is winning medals and trophies—the laurels that are solid proof of being the sport’s greatest of all time.

10) Xavi, 31 trophies

Xavi is a Spanish midfielder who played for Barcelona throughout most of his professional career. He won every title he could win. For instance, he collected four championship titles with Blaugrana. When he left Barcelona for Al Sadd, a Qatari football club, he went on to obtain three more titles. He also played with his national team and won the UEFA Euro and 2010 FIFA World Cup.

9) Kenny Dalglish, 31 trophies

Dalglish is one of the greatest British players in football history, playing for Celtic and Liverpool. He had a stellar career playing not just in the UK, but for European football as well. Dalglish is a proud owner of European Cups, Football League First Division titles and Premier Division titles. His last two titles he achieved as a player-manager.

8) Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31 trophies

Although he has yet to play for the Premier League, Ibrahimovic has played in many leagues including Italy, France, England, Spain, and the Netherlands. He won on each of these leagues, earning not just the accolades, but also the fan base. 

7) Gerard Pique, 32 trophies

Pique has been winning titles consistently since he played with Manchester United. He continued the winning streak when he was with Barcelona. He is still actively playing football which means a higher chance of winning more titles.

6) Maxwell, 33 trophies

Maxwell does not always appear on lists of most celebrated football players, but he still managed to win titles because of playing for the right clubs at the right moment. He has Serie A, La Liga Barcelona, and Ligue 1 titles as well as a Champions League title. He works side by side with Ibrahimovic.

5) Andres Iniesta, 33 trophies

Iniesta performs very well as a midfielder. He was instrumental for all the successes that Barcelona achieved, along with Lionel Messi and Xavi. He left Barcelona as a legend. Today, he was playing for Vissel Kobe, a Japanese club, where he is expected to win more trophies.

4) Ryan Giggs, 34 trophies

Giggs is one of the most respected football players worldwide because of the immense talent he showcases every time he plays. It’s with Manchester United where he won most of his trophies which include 13 league titles and a FIFA Club World Cup. 

3) Lionel Messi, 35 trophies

Messi is the best football player ever winning all his trophies for Barcelona except one. He has an Olympic gold medal that he earned when playing for his national team, Argentina. Since he is still active, he may collect more trophies in the next seasons.

2) Oleksandr Shovkovskiy, 36 trophies

A Ukranian goalkeeper, Shovkovskiy stayed with Dynamo Kyiv throughout his professional career. This is where he earned all the titles and made his club the most important in his country.

1) Dani Alves, 42 trophies

Despite his age (36 years), Alves is showing no signs of slowing down. He has his best years with Barcelona where he won a total of 23 titles. He also played for the Brazilian national team.

 

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Racism in Football: How It Can Be Addressed and Solved

Racism in sport, and specifically, racism in football, is historically a poignant feature of European sports. And it happens to the teams, football players, and even the fans. 

Numbers don’t lie

Racism in football is impossible to quantify, but the circumstances are not good definitely.

Based on the Sky Data Poll conducted by Sky Sports News, racism has already taken an alarming state.

  • In the UK, 86% of football fans who attended a match regularly have witnessed a racist incidence at a game
  • 93% of BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) fans have seen racism at a match—1 in 4 fans have experienced the abuse in the stands regularly
  • About 33% of the fans (1 in 3 fans) have experienced racist abuse personally; the percentage increases to 71% among BAME fans
  • Only 29% of them have reported the racist incident they had witnessed, but about 74% of them were unsure if actions were taken regarding their complaint
  • Also, 31% of the fans would not report the incident thinking that authorities will not take any action
  • About 29% are not aware of the reporting process 
  • 18% of BAME fans have suffered from a racist attack personally
  • London had the highest percentage of racist incidence rate wherein 17% of the fans experienced racism at every match attended
  • BAME fans are less likely to report a racist incidence; 1 in 4 would contact the authorities
  • However, only a quarter of complaints have been addressed by the authorities
  • 1 in 2 BAME fans believe that the authorities ’wouldn’t act on the complaint; 1 in 3 do not consider the racist incident as serious enough, and 1 in 4 find cumbersome the reporting process
  • Most complaints are directed to the clubs or near-by stewards (but they also reported to the police, Kick It Out, FARE Network and the FA 

In a study published in International Review for the Sociology of Sport, it was discovered that racism is rampant in British football. About 83% of the people believed that it is culturally embedded. 

Class and education are significant factors, although the historical notions of whiteness that are also culturally embedded are the most significant contributor to the incidence of racism in football.

No place for racism in football

Sports Minister Mims Davies said that the moment is an opportunity for the “people to use football as a cloak for their discrimination and intolerance.” The fans, BAME fans, in particular, are no longer enjoying the football experience.

Premier League Director of Policy also said that racism is “certainly a worrying trend.” Football should be a role model, with a greater impact for good. Racism ’must’ve no place in it.

The Director also mentioned that the clubs are working together to address the problem.

Just recently, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba have been the target of racist abuse. Yan Dhanda, who had also experienced racism as a young footballer of Indian ethnicity, is not an exemption.

Rashford and Pogba missed penalty kicks in the recent matches of Manchester United. Pogba posted a message on his Twitter account.

Solving the problem regardless of how culturally embedded they may seem critical at this point. Otherwise, another Eric Cantona moment is waiting to happen if no government actions would be taken. That’s according to Garth Crooks, ex-striker of Tottenham and trustee of Kick It Out. 

Kick It Out is an anti-discrimination charity.

Addressing racism in football

Crooks added that, as a football community, drastic measures must be implemented. The #Enough campaign of the Professional ’Footballers’ Association may not be enough as well as boycotting social media. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport have also condemned the trolls.

However, legislation must be introduced quickly. This is to signify racism in football and sports in general as a national concern.

Premier League club managers have also highlighted the role of social media firms. These companies have the primary role in policing abuse against footballers. 

Strengthening their Hateful Conduct Policy is crucial, as well as the punishments to anyone who will violate these policies.

 

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