If England walk off the pitch because of abuse, racism wins

I was shocked to hear that England’s players are considering walking off if they hear racial abuse from the crowd when they play Bulgaria on Monday night. There is something poignant about the resilience black players have shown over the past 40 years. They have always reminded themselves of who they were representing and the decision has always been not to leave the pitch, no matter what is happening in the stands.

I think it will set the game back if England walk off.

The ramifications extend a lot further than the result. Many black people I have spoken to in and out of football think that racism will win if England head down this path.

Where does it go from there? For many years I have said that racism in football provides fascist movements with a vehicle to promote their message and taking this initiative will play into their hands. October 2019

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