Jacco van Sterkenburg on racism in professional football: 'structural phenomenon'

The racist treatment of Excelsior footballer Ahmad Mendes Moreira by supporters of FC Den Bosch last Saturday, November 16, was a much-discussed topic in the news at home and abroad. Jacco van Sterkenburg, associate professor of Media and Communication, did research on racism in professional football. He was a guest in Nieuwsuur to explain the event: "When I speak to professional footballers, I hear that they often experience racism".

Although Van Sterkenburg is not surprised about the event, he says the following: "The explicit character of this, so really in the stadium, you don't see that very often." He calls racism in professional football a structural phenomenon. In addition, he points out that the initially trivialising the reaction from FC Den Bosch is characteristic of professional football and is a probable cause that players are less likely to dare to speak out.

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The subject was also in the interest of national newspapers. It was discussed in het Algemeen Dagblad and de Volkskrant. They draw on a recently published report on racism in professional football, which Van Sterkenburg published together with Agnes Elling of the Mulier Institute and Fiona Harmsen of Be.People in October 2019.

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