Jordaan to skip Euro 2012 over fans’ racism

2012-06-09 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — SA Football Association (Safa) vice-president Danny Jordaan has decided not to travel to the Euro 2012 finals as a sign of protest against the reports of racism that have emanated from the co-hosting nations, Poland and Ukraine.

Jordaan, along with his family, who have attended every Euro championships since 2000, have decided to miss the 2012 edition following reports of racism and violence against Africans and Asians in Ukraine and Poland.

This decision, Jordaan said, was based on the principle that all humans must be treated equally and that race and colour should not be the basis for determining the worth of an individual.

The Safa vice-president said he discussed the matter with a few individuals within the Fifa executive, who indicated that there were others from other parts of the world who had expressed similar reservations about going to Euro 2012.

“The problem is not with Uefa, but consistent with supporting the idea that racism is a discredited and outdated basis on which to treat people. And football indicates that all those teams, England, France, Germany, Netherlands and many others would have both black and white players and the basis for their inclusion is not skin colour but their ability.

“If the host country acts in contrary to the spirit of the game, then one must take a principled decision,” said Jordaan.

Italy star player Mario Balotelli has already said he would walk off the pitch should he be subjected to any racist taunts. This move, Jordaan added, could send out a strong message against racism.

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