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In 2011, John Terry was suspended as captain of the England football team pending an
investigation into allegations he had racially abused a black footballer, Anton Ferdinand.
In a Premiership match between Chelsea and QPR he allegedly called his opponent a "f-
--ing black c--t."
In 2012 the FA handed out a six-game ban to Uruguayan international Luis Suarez for
repeatedly calling Manchester United s French fullback Patrice Evra "negrito."
Mario Balotelli, now playing for AC Milan, is frequently subjected to monkey chants by
racist fans. At one stage while an Inter player, Juventus fans loudly informed him, "There
are no black Italians."
In Russia, meanwhile, fans of Zenit St Petersburg last year wrote their own club manifesto
ordering the club s owners not to buy any black or gay players.
This depressing element of the modern game could be eradicated overnight if Sepp
Blatter s FIFA organisation wanted to rid the game of it. But instead of immediately
banning or suspending clubs and countries whose fans chant racist abuse,
they hand out paltry fines instead. This makes no impact and solves
nothing. It s almost a tacit acceptance of the racism that still
That a game of such global standing, such social power,
a game with the ability to illuminate lives, bring pleasure
to millions, generate billions in money and create super-
stars---virtual ambassadors---like Pele, David Beckham and
Zinedine Zidane, should still be blighted by prejudice in
2013 is shocking.
Mihalis Monemvasiotis, a passionate Greek football
supporter based in London, has created a project that
might do more to kick racism out of football than anything
the football associations have ever done.
The project, called Eleven, is simple on paper but will
take a huge international effort to achieve.
A documentary film about 11 children aged 11 years
old from 11 countries coming together to form one foot-
ball team to play a game in London against 11 Premiership
footballers (from the same 11 countries as the children)
in June next year, as a prelude to the 2014 World Cup
in Brazil. That s the objective, and all those involved
have just over six months to complete the ambitious
T&T is one of the countries Monemvasiotis selected
to take part. (The others are Australia, Brazil, Den-
mark, Egypt, Greece, Japan, South Africa, Spain,
UK and USA.)
The hope is that a campaign like this will resonate
with supporters who are tired of mindless idiots
and bigotry and want a return to the pure joy of
the game that children feel, that everybody who
has ever fallen in love with football felt as a child.
The film will also have an ethnographic and edu-
cational element. Each child will be filmed during
a typical day, so that the audience will get to see where
the child is from, his or her family, friends, schoolteachers.
Amongst all this we will see where the child plays football
and what role it plays in his life.
Breeanna Speicher's curiosity about her
background led her to a family she never
knew she had and inspired a new MTV
series that stretches the very concept of
The 18-year-old college student from
Reno, Nevada, is the daughter of two
women who conceived her with a sperm
donation. She's the central figure in Gen-
eration Cryo, which follows her effort to
discover half siblings through a registry
and, ultimately, track down the donor who
gave her life. The first of six episodes had
its debut Monday last night.
The first recorded artificial insemina-
tion came in the 1800s to a woman who
didn't know she was getting it, said
Wendy Kramer, founder and director of
the Donor Sibling Registry. Doctors per-
formed the procedure in the middle of the
last century, but it was mostly kept quiet
before the practice became much more
widespread with the opening of sperm
banks in the 1980s, she said.
That means enough "donor babies" are
coming of age now to prompt public inter-
est in their experiences, evident in both
Generation Cryo and the new Vince
Vaughn movie Delivery Man, about a
donor who discovers he's responsible for
more than 500 children.
Kramer said she tried for eight years to
get a television network interested in a
story drawn from her registry of people
trying to connect with other donor fami-
lies before MTV showed interest. (AP)
MTV series focuses on lives of sperm donor kids
---saving the soul of the people's game
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Juliette McCawley, actor-
turned-filmmaker is looking
for a child to represent T&T
on a football team, to play a
game in London against 11
Premiership footballers in
June next year.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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