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Bbc programme on football racism


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Is that the program that focused on Poland and the Ukraine ? Cause if it is then there is no hope at all in those 2 countries for asian players.

As for the comments so far on this thread. Asians are good at hockey,cricket,wrestling,judo, table tennis etc so they are athletic enough.I can`t understand why a decent size club have not set up an academy in a place like Calcutta.With the exchange rate the cost would not be much compared to what that club could gain.The very least a club should do is send a scout to asia,and take it from there.

No not that programme, it was one on Monday 16 July (you can find it on BBC iplayer)

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Some of the inherent "racism" is also not really racism, but a by product of organization. For example, as the Rev cited above, cultural ties, language/governmental ties will automatically see South Americans easily move to Spain/Portugal/Italy as it is easier to get work permits and acclimate to the culture. The same for France and African players.

Economics plays a big part too. Clubs don't want to necessarily take risks on players they either can't get a work permit for, or may not be able to acclimate to the culture and country (can he do it on a rainy night at Stoke). Scouting countries that don't pay well is also cost effective, as wages for a new signing might not be as much. Also, scouts go where there is a higher probability to find talent, and clubs don't want to pay a scout to go to Japan for 6 months to come up with two possible talents when they can be in Holland for 2 weeks and find 20 players.

All this leads to a dearth of minorities or other ethnicities represented in certain leagues, and highlights and exacerbates stereotypes when they don't succeed (black players / south american players don't like the cold because we had this one guy from Uruguay who failed/got homesick/hated the weather/wife wanted to go home).

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