Is there Room for Hate in Soccer?

Incidents of hate are causing soccer to make world headlines for the wrong reason. Is there room for hate in the beautiful game?
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Racism, xenophobia, and other forms of discrimination have been around for as long as humans have been around. But now in the year 2018, we expect to see it much less. To the footballing world’s surprise, during Chelsea’s 2-0 upset over Manchester City, Raheem Sterling was racially abused by a group of Chelsea fans. Just days before that, Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a banana thrown at him by a Spurs fan. During Chelsea’s Europa League match against MOL Vidi, a group of Chelsea fans starting chanting an antisemitic song. And in South America, we witnessed the violence that surrounded the Copa Libertadores.
Whether we like it or not, violence, racism, and other forms of discrimination are still prevalent in the soccer world.

Where Does it Come From?

It is shocking to believe that prejudice and discrimination like that are still happening at a global stage, not only at clubs like Chelsea and Tottenham but around the world. In the December 11th podcast of the Men in Blazers, Michael Davies, “Davo,” shared his ideas on the issue:

 [They are] screaming with rage at [Sterling], whose only