Originally published in Wits Vuvuzela on October 5, 2018
Football is the most watched sport in the world with a fan base of just under 4 billion people. The game is believed to have originated in England in 1880 but is today a global sport officially played in 211 nations through the international association FIFA.
With roughly half the world’s people united behind the beautiful game regardless of race, religion or culture, it is baffling to me that discrimination in many guises manages to find a way to disrupt this unity.
Belgium national football player Romelu Lukaku was born in Antwerp, Belgium to Congolese parents.
Lukaku’s experience is reflective of the ugly racism used to undermine and prejudice players of colour. “When things were going well, I was reading newspapers articles and they were calling me Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian striker. When things weren’t going well, they were calling me…