March 3, 2009

Deducting points for racism?

It's an intriguing idea. And Portsmouth's Sol Campbell brought it up.

On the one hand, it's a damn harsh penalty. You don't get too many points in a season and the behavior by the fans doesn't have much to do with the performance on the pitch. The quality of living for the players can be greatly affected by the ups and downs of the team -- especially in the relegation world of European soccer.

But...

Racism can not be tolerated. If the threat of point deduction can quell one of the world's greatest evils, isn't it worth it? Peer pressure could quiet the bigots. And it's hard to have any sympathy for racist fans -- who barely deserve to be called fans at all.

I hope something can be done, and maybe it'll be a tough decision like implementing a point deduction scheme that makes a difference.

Interesting debate.

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