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Culture & Language for Foreign Footballers

Suarez and EvraIn the UK the football (soccer) governing body, the FA, are thinking of introducing culture lessons along with English lessons to foreign footballers to help combat racism.

Over 60% of players in the Premier League are non-British and there have been a number of incidents where they have used racially abusive terms and later claimed they did not fully understand the implications of what they were saying. When Liverpool played Manchester United, Uruguayan player Luis Suarez tackled Patrice Evra, kicking him; Evra asked him why and Luis replied in Spanish, “Because you are black.” He used the word “negrita” which he claimed was acceptable in his country. Suarez was banned for 8 matches.

This, and other incidents, have led the FA to draw up plans for foreign players to be given not only language training but also cultural guidelines on how to behave in the UK, especially in regards to language.

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