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Nakamura Left Slovak Football Club Over Racism

Japanese striker Yuki Nakamura has written on his blog citing racism as the reason for his departure from Slovak football club Rimavska Sobota, where he was on loan from Viktoria Zizkov.

Speaking on his own blog, Nakamura wrote “It’s a real shame but I have come home because I have been subjected to racism at Rimavska Sobota and I can’t carry on living there”. Nakamura mentioned how fans would launch abuse at him at matches and that it didn’t seem to matter to his teammates, according to

After the club said there was nothing they could do about it, the Japanese player decided to return home. A plan is being discussed in FIFA at present about penalising clubs for racist abuse by deducting points from them.

7 Comments for “Nakamura Left Slovak Football Club Over Racism”

  1. Mattej

    As a Slovak who lived in Japan many years, I can tell you that racism is in Japan as well. It is present in many countries I have lived or traveled to.
    Sports + booze = dangerous combination.
    This magnifies the problem.
    Nakamura should be stronger in spirit and brush off racism just as many “gaijin” must do in his home country.

    • James

      ‘Nakamura should be stronger in spirit and brush off racism just as many “gaijin” must do in his home country.’

      Wrong. The authorities should act and the media should highlight the issue. In Japan, in Slovakia and everywhere else.

  2. James

    No Dave, the FA do a lot. Didn’t you know that, every month or so, they make all the players walk onto the pitch with a little red card in their hands? The players all line up and ‘show racism the red card’, whereupon racism, as if by magic, disappears. Sometimes, there are variations on this theme, with slogans like ‘kick racism out of football’.

    I was at a Zilina-Slovan game last April and the stadium announcer had to ask Slovan fans FIVE TIMES to stop racially abusing the black players in the Zilina team. Apparently, the announcer must have the fourth official’s say-so to do this, so the incidents must have been in the referee’s official report. Thus, it follows, the FA ‘had to’ act. I don’t know what they did because NOT ONE Slovak media outlet even reported that there’d been an incident – either at the time or when whatever punishment was handed out. One paper (either Pravda or SME, I forget which) carried a video of the game highlights on its webpage, on which one of the announcer’s warnings was clearly audible. Yet no mention at all of the incidents in the accompanying match report.

    UEFA are probably even worse, though. A Paris St Germain player got the monkey chants at Slovan in Sept 2011. No mention at all in their delegates’ match report. As for their response to the abuse England’s U-21s got in Serbia, well, best not go there….

    So it’s not only Slovak FA, it’s Slovak media, fans, clubs, UEFA…. But good on Yuki Nakumura for at least making his story known.

  3. Dave C.

    Why don’t the Slovak FA do something about this and other “fan” problems?
    Making a few teams play behind locked gates may produce some reflection from both the clubs and their fans on their attitude and behaviour. Or does the FA in the title refer to what they actually do?

  4. James

    Norman Hunter, Chopper Harris et al were white men playing in a sport that was 99.9% white at the time. So how they reacted to anything is hardly relevant to the issue. Better ask Cyrille Regis, George Berry etc (hardly shrinking violets) what they made of the abuse they got when they started.

    Equally irrelevant is how much players earn. Someone like, say, Anton Ferdinand can reasonably expect to cop some stick for being a silly rich tit. What he has a right not to have to hear is abuse based on his skin colour. There are laws against such abuse, I’d have thought you’d know all about them…

    Anyway, quoting sums like 50K a week is a bit silly when the article is about the abuse one player received while playing in the Slovak II Liga. Most players there aren’t even full-time.

    On that subject, I thought you were the one who got all huffy about how this is a Slovak website, so let’s keep the comments to Slovakia, bla bla bla….

  5. alec hodges

    It seems you are referring to a mail that was deleted James. Presumably the content was a little to colourful, for the puritanical censors that occasionally offer some news on this site.

  6. George M

    Smug, I used the N word, but is the Editor actually understood English and read before he jumped on the Left Wing, PC correct bandwagon ..then he would see the word Ni@@er is a noun in the English language. The word originated as a neutral term referring to black people, as a variation of the Spanish/Portuguese noun negro, a descendant of the Latin adjective niger and the color black.

    In the 1980`s, the PC Socialists in the UK, high jacked the word into a hurtful abusive term.In recent days, the term has been altered into a term of endearment of sorts. Some black people ( I have several Black friends who have done this ) have taken the word and turned it into something they can use to lessen it’s original meaning, or use among their own, rather like we use cretin or moron . It can still be offensive or funny, depending on who you are and how you use it.

    To be honest. No word in itself is bad… it’s just the associations we make with it. You can have a word that sounds the same in different languages and has a different meaning in each language. So it’s not the word that’s intrinsically bad, it’s what the idiots like Jim make it mean and then moan on and on and on .

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