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OLLIE'S WAY: Why I would call whole Crystal Palace team in if one player was racially abused

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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway's weekly column for the Croydon Advertiser I'M NOT going to mince my words here: if one of my players was racially abused on the football pitch I wouldn't hesitate on calling the whole team in.

I couldn't give a damn about how important the match was or what the consequences were.

There is no place in our sport for racism and I applaud the AC Milan team for walking off after Kevin-Prince Boateng was racially abused in Italy.

Why shouldn't they make a stand? If you keep ignoring it, nothing will ever change.

That's why I can't believe FIFA president Sepp Blatter said players should report it to the referee and carry on playing as if nothing has happened.

What would he know about being abused simply for the colour of your skin or religion? From the man who is supposed to be running the world's game it is a very unwise statement and doesn't do any of us any favours.

As human beings, we should try and live our lives by showing humanity.

Being human is caring for other people and racism is totally unacceptable in today's world, that anyone is victimised or picked upon because of the colour of their skin – it's absolute nonsense.

Until the people at the top get serious about it and see it as a serious issue, nothing will ever happen I'm afraid.

Until those people or that person responsible is grabbed, dragged out of the ground and chucked into prison where they should be for their bigoted ideas, nothing is ever going to change.

So, why not stop the game until those people are identified? Why should you scream and shout abuse at someone just for the price of a ticket? You're going into a sports ground to watch a game of sport. You should go there as a supporter – it doesn't give you a ticket to abuse someone.

Until society stands up and says 'actually, that's unacceptable, get out of our ground', and until bigger sanctions are put upon these countries and clubs, nothing is ever going to change.

One of the worst ones I've seen for years was with the England U21s playing in Serbia. I think the sanction put on Serbia, a country with a proven track record of racism, was an absolute disgrace.

I'm pretty disgusted in the whole of society if we keep making excuses for the people to be able to do this. I don't think there should be any room for excuses.

We're supposed to be civilised and people are still dying because of hunger and starvation. It's just not right, the world is not right.

Let's just try and do something about it instead of turning a blind eye all the time. Mr Blatter is supposed to be in charge of things but he blows it to the side and says we'll just have a handshake after the game.

It's more than that, my friend. Until the people at the top see it as more serious, nothing is going to change.

OLLIE'S WAY: Why I would call whole Crystal Palace team in if one player was racially abused


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