12.28.04

Footie Racism Under A Roof

Posted in Football, Racism Corner at 10:56 am by

An expensive airplane ticket to Spain isn’t necessary if you want to hear racist taunting at a soccer match. From the Associated Press :

The general manager of the Baltimore Blast vowed to apologize personally to a player for the Philadelphia KiXX who said two Blast fans directed racial insults at him during a Major Indoor Soccer League game on Sunday.

Kevin Healey also promised to try to find the fans involved in allegedly taunting KiXX forward Shawn Boney during the Blast’s 7-4 victory over Philadelphia.

The Major Indoor Soccer League, a 10-team league which plays a six-a-side game on artificial turf covered ice hockey rinks, is in its 21st season in the United States. Its players provided the bulk of the U.S. team at the recently staged World Futsal Championship in Taiwan.

In the fourth period, Boney said he was racially insulted by two women behind the goal. Boney, who is black, reported the incident to his coach and to Blast officials.

Boney, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, left quickly for the team bus after the game.

“Unfortunately, by the time I heard about the reported incident, the Philadelphia team and the fans had already left,” Healey said. “I will try to find the two women who were described, and they’ll probably deny it. But I’ll have a plan in place by the next time Philly comes here, and if someone is doing it they’ll be caught. We certainly don’t condone it.”

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