In light of terrible instance of fan racism in Serbia this past weekend and considering the fact that it Football Against Racism in Europe Action Week, you would think that UEFA would be pleased with the French club AS Nancy’s decision to wear shirts that read “No to racism” during UEFA Cup matches. Think again.
Europe’s football ruling body has banned AS Nancy from wearing the shirts in the competition because they do not comply with the competition’s rules because the slogan is on the neck, where the only writing allowed is the name of the sponsor.
So let’s get this straight. A club is allowed to pimp a sponsor on its shirt’s neck (take a look at AS Nancy’s shirt to the left, plenty of sponsors everywhere and a tiny little phrase by the collar), but it isn’t allowed to use the space to promote something that UEFA itself says it is earnest about promoting and something that is an issue for everyone associated with the sport. Un-firkin’-believable.
If ever we needed further proof of where the true concerns of the UEFA bureaucrats lie, this is it. It is no secret that they are all about corporate money, but the least they can do is let us pretend otherwise for once.