The Football Association of Malaysia has apologised to Chelsea after the club complained that its Israeli player, Yossi Benayoun, had suffered racist abuse during a friendly match here last week.
See BBC and Star reports.
I fully back the campaign to end the Occupation of Palestinian territories – but this is not the way to express it. Racial abuse, whether in sport or outside, cannot be tolerated.
We have to nip the emergence of a yobbo culture in the bud. The use of laser lights aimed at the Singapore goalkeeper in the second leg of the Malaysia-Singapore World Cup qualifier was particularly appalling.
This yobbo tribal mentality (and lack of tolerance for ‘the other’) also manifested itself when a stadium full of Liverpool supporters attending a Liverpool training session in KL forced a lone Manchester United supporter to remove his Wayne Rooney jersey. (He may have been one foolhardy fan – or a “legend” as Wayne Rooney himself later tweeted – but that’s another story.) The incident was seen on Youtube around the world.
At times, it seems that some of this yobbo culture may have even spread to a few of our (failed?) politicians.