This article employs a 2013 televised dialogue on racism between two male, minority ethnic, global football stars – Adam Goodes of the Australian Rules code and Rio Ferdinand, an English Premier League player – for a timely, comparative and cross-cultural analysis of issues around race, ethnicity, Indigeneity, and identity, and dominant approaches to anti-racism and multiculturalism within these codes. Prior to the television interview, the Indigenous Goodes had been racially vilified by a 13-year-old female spectator during a match, and subsequently likened toKing Kongby Collingwood president, Eddie McGuire. After an opponent racially slurred his brother during a 2011 match, Ferdinand initiated a protest, followed by many fellow professionals, against the perceived inaction to racism from football authorities by refusing to wear T-shirts promoting the work of anti-racist organization, Kick It Out. The article argues that, despite their differences, dialogue between the two football codes holds the potential for progressive anti-racist policy-making.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2015|