It seems every few days, we’re talking not about the result of a game or what’s happened on the pitch but appalling incidents of racism surrounding a fixture.
This time it was a group of Chelsea fans in a bar in Prague singing a song about Mohamed Salah, an Egyptian Muslim footballer who plays for Liverpool, being a “bomber”.
The video was posted on social media, apparently by one of the party themselves, seemingly as something to be proud of.
Chelsea acted swiftly and decisively, preventing three of the fans from entering the stadium ahead of the match while the search continues for the others.
But when viewed in the wider context of a season which has seen British and European football lurch from one racism crisis to the next it raises a pertinent question; is racism getting worse and, if so, how is it to be combated?
Anecdotally at least, it seems racism is on the increase at an elite level. To mention just a few cases this season, we’ve seen a banana skin thrown at Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Millwall fans chanting “I’d rather be a p**i than a scouser” at an Everton game and Raheem Sterling abused from the stands by a Chelsea fan at Stamford Bridge.
England’s Danny Rose, who was abused during an England game in Montenegro, has even said he can’t wait to retire from football because the racism has become almost unbearable.
When you have an active player talking in such stark terms about being turned off from the game he loves, football has to sit up and listen and work out what to do next.
Some anti-racism campaigners believe clubs and countries need to have points deducted as punishment for racism among their fans, if this disease is to be rid from stadiums.
Others think player power, as demonstrated by Raheem Sterling repeatedly, and publicly speaking out against the racists and even the media’s role in their coverage of young black players, is the most powerful tool.
While some think fans condemning members of their own team’s supporter base when they see them being racist is the most effective avenue to deal with the problem.
Sky News understands that Salah does not want to be referred to as a victim in this situation.
The 26-year-old believes it is unhelpful to give these racists the oxygen of publicity but Liverpool recognise that they need to publicly express their disappointment at such an attack on one of their players and the wider issue.
The club also acknowledge that it is not a problem confined to Chelsea.
Earlier this year they handed a lifetime ban to a fan who racially abused an Asian family during a charity match at Anfield between Liverpool Legends and Milan Glorie, while their captain Jordan Henderson used his programme notes to condemn the attack.
One thing is for certain, racism and bigotry is not a problem confined to football. But it is something football can take a lead on tackling.
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