details of interview
Role of the Interviewed: sport school teacher
Type of radicalization: racial discrimination
Historical period collocation: 2018
Date/Country of the Interview: 08/11/2018 Italy
Interviewer: USMA in collaboration with FISPPA Dept., University of Padua
It had never happened before but the reaction did not wait: the boy tackles the opponent and is warned with a yellow card by the referee. Despite the warning, he continues to play in a foul manner. He feels anger grow inside him because he thinks to be victim of an injustice. In his view his reaction was proportional to the offense and did not deserve a warning (the yellow card). He decided to face the opponent outside the locker room and, approaching him, asked him for explanations. There were no explanations. This caused him an irrepressible movement of anger that leaded into physical violence. The other teammates intervened to hold him back. The referee assisted to the scene and the day after informed the sport club of having banned the player for three matches for incitement to the fight.
As sports federations are involved in the fight against ethnic discrimination, by designing regulations and punishments against discriminatory behaviors in the field or among fans, at the same time they should become promoters of specific training programs aimed at those operating in the competitive world, starting from the grassroots sport clubs, in order to fully carry out their social and educational role.