RealClearSports
Advertisement

Intolerance Flourishes in Russian Soccer

Dmitry Lovetsky/AP

A year in which racism and xenophobia have marred European soccer has brought another brazen act of intolerance. The largest fan club of Zenit St. Petersburg, the two-time defending Russian champion, has demanded that the team include no black or gay players.

The prominent group of Zenit supporters, known as Landscrona, posted a letter on its Web site on Monday, saying it wanted to preserve the traditional identity of the team by signing only homegrown players or those from Slavic nations like Ukraine and Belarus, from...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

Messi Adds Record to Glittering Resume

George Johnson, Calgary Herald - December 10, 2012

Sunday, lest anyone get any other ideas, the elfin Argentine with the ’60s retro Beatles cut proved yet again that he is the greatest footballer currently on this planet, arguably ever — if not today, then someday —... more »

Chelsea Fans Don't Love Their Coach

Gabriele Marcotti, Wall Street Journal - December 10, 2012

Booing your own team or coach is supposed to be the last resort for the frustrated, angry fan. You break the metaphorical glass and employ the nuclear option when you've had enough. Too much bungling. Not enough effort. No... more »

Happy Holiday Wishes for American Soccer

Avi Creditor, Goal.com - December 12, 2012

No matter what holiday you celebrate, or choose not to celebrate, it's the time of year when the wish lists come out and dreams for the future percolate. With plenty on the horizon across all facets of U.S. Soccer, here is a... more »