details of the interview
Role of the Interviewed: gymnastics coach/ PE teacher
Type of radicalization: ethnic discrimination
Historical period collocation: 2016
Date/Country of the Interview: 05/09/2018, Bulgaria
Interviewer: Sdruzhenie “Shans i zakrila” – Opportunity and Protection Association (OPA)
On the day of the competition we went to the sports hall. The match started. The girls were playing well. Before the end of the first half of the match one of my girls – Vanya was fouled by a player from the other team, but the foul was not registered by the referees. The tension in the match apparently had an impact on Vanya, and she pushed the other girl roughly. There was a penalty and Vanya had to leave the game for 2 minutes. She did not agree with the referee’s decision and started shouting that they did not considered the foul against her but only her behavior was punished because she was Roma. The match was stopped. I had to do something because I saw that things would go out of control. It was hard for me to get Vanya out, as she continued screaming and did not want to come out of the handball field.
The next day I talked to her about what had happened. She said that many times she was treated unfairly only because she was of Roma origin and was even insulted. In the handball team she felt she was well accepted and did not expect a discriminatory attitude. She herself was confused.