Racism has been a serious issue in the sports world, especially in international soccer action for many decades, and it is still an issue we are unfortunately facing. Many are calling for stricter consequences to help combat racist and sexist comments, chants and actions, but for now it is still a pressing issue.
On Sunday, Alex Morgan scored twice and led the U.S. Women’s National Team over Canada, but the focus of the game has now turned to racism today. Forward Sydney Leroux took to twitter this morning and accused Canadian supporters of chanting distasteful words about her family and herself.
When you chant racial slurs, taunt me and talk about my family don’t be mad when I shush you and show pride in what I represent. #america
— Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux) June 3, 2013
Leroux scored the United States’ third goal in stoppage time and celebrated by popping the U.S. soccer badge on her uniform and then put her finger to her mouth to quiet the Canadian supporters. For those who don’t know, Leroux is from British Colombia, but decided to come south of the border and play soccer in America before starting college.
I understand why Canadian soccer fans might not like her. However, there is never any excuse for racist and offensive chants towards a player or coach. Hopefully, Leroux’s allegations will be looked into and someone will be held responsible. If they can’t figure out the particular individuals who were a part of the acts, Canada should face some form of punishment.
At the same time, it is inspiring that Leroux made the issue known and took the high road. She could have easily tweeted a profanity-filled message and gone on a long tirade against racism, but instead she stuck to the issue at hand and stated that she does not stand for racism on or off the pitch.
We are reminded yet again that racism is a huge problem in the sports world and that needs to be fixed. Leroux is the latest victim, and unfortunately she will not be the last.