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Disgraceful actions are regrettably continuing to occur, bearing witness to the presence of racism in football. An example of this is recent events in Costa Rica, where Víctor Bolívar and Waylon Francis have been insulted because of the color of their skin.

 

On October 26th, Víctor Bolívar - the goalkeeper of Puntaneras - was racially abused by some of the spectators during the match at Saprissa. One day later, Herediano defender Waylon Francis was victimized at Cartaginés. In both cases the referee called a halt to the game to ask the spectators to stop abusing the players. The matches were then continued, without further action.

 

These were not just two incidents, says Reynaldo Parks, President of the Costa Rican professional footballers association ASOJUPRO. 'It's an ever-present feature that we experience in our stadiums every day.'

 

For ASOJUPRO as well as for FIFPro, it's important to come down firmly on such actions. The Costa Rican football league (Unafut) fined both clubs with €740. Parks: 'We feel they have to go beyond economic sanctions, so we are urging the bodies responsible for football in our country - Unafut and the football federation Fedefutbol - to act immediately and effectively against racism within the football family.'

 

ASOJUPRO is continuing this constant struggle with the international “Show Racism the Red Card” campaign promoted by FIFPro and its member associations. Parks: 'We are hoping that all those involved in football - players, training staff, referees, fans, government institutions and bodies in charge of football - shall act together with the purpose of eliminating this scourge from our stadiums and from our society.'

 

ASOJUPRO and FIFPro expect that Unafut and Fedefútbol will see to it, that appropriate sanctions will be issued to the offenders.