Show Racism the Red Card - 01/09/2002
The following interview was taken from an interview by the Charity 'Kick
Racism Out of Football':
Warren what's your opinion on Racism in London?
"No, not so much in London. There are lots of different communities. I never
really came across it. But speaking to John Barnes when he was here, it was
obvious that it was about. That is why so many clubs have involved themselves
in anti-racist stuff like this. I’m lucky because as a white person, I’ve never
experienced the kind of racism some Black people suffer".
Do you have a message to young people suffering from Racism?
"Ask the person why they are doing it. 99% of it is ignorance. Most people
who do it (abuse people racially) do so because they are sheep, they don’t really
know why they are doing it. If its happening at school – tell a teacher. But
don’t involve violence – if telling a teacher doesn’t work, involve parents
and others. Its got to be stopped, there is no doubt about that".
What about Asians in football?
"The Asians haven’t had a role model. It’s a bit like in the US with the NBA
but that’s changed. To be fair though, cricket is such a big game in the Asian
communities. But if the likes of Michael Chopra (Newcastle Utd) come through
then that will provide that role model. But Asian soccer is getting stronger
just like African football has developed. But the right coaching needs to be
there – but football is such a big, global game now, it will happen – Burnley
have brought someone in to work with the Asian community and we have someone
from the Middle East".
On Asylum Seekers:
"You have to treat individuals as individuals – each case is different. People
have come from countries where they are fearing for their lives – this country
and other countries should help those people. We are rich enough to do so".
The US multi-cultural society:
"I’ve been over there – there are lots of different communities all getting
along fine – Irish, Italians – they all mix in. To be fair, London’s the same
… I grew up with lots of Indian and Asian friends and so it really upsets me
about what is happening in Bradford, Oldham and other places. You can get a
little embarrassed about your own country .. people who play football are proud
of this country and we ask – why can’t we get on, why is colour such a big issue
– I’ve always said there are good and bad in every community".
Far Right wing groups holding marches at football grounds:
"Keep away from those types of people. Why do they go to a football game? They
are looking for trouble – its just looking for confrontation. They don’t belong
(at football). I don’t have any time for those people at all".
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