Brazilian star striker Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid, who has often been the target of racist hostility, called for severe punishment: “We will only win if the racists leave the stadiums straight for prison, the place they deserve,” said the 23-year-old footballer. – the old one wrote.

Researcher Lang, on the other hand, advocated preventative measures: “What I really wish for was for the person making racial slurs in the corner to be heard by others, which is impossible. “The incident should then be reported and the person should be advised by the sporting association to conduct a workshop on racism so that they can truly understand for themselves what it means and how much it hurts people.”

The days of action recently organized by the German Football League are not enough, Lang said: “These campaigns are of course an attempt to ensure that the sport shows a clear position. And position is important, but not everything.” Racism in football has been “tolerated and almost normalized” for decades. Lang said tougher penalties for clubs could help: “We really need to think about whether games should be canceled and judged at the expense of racist fan bans.”
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