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There is no place for Racism in Indian Football – #SayNoToRacism!

The videos and photos of the unwanted incidence at the Indian Super League game between Chennaiyin FC vs NorthEast United FC on Thursday, November 23 have gone viral and have been covered by mainstream media.

To recollect what happened, a young local man from Chennai or closeby is seen in the footage dancing and gesturing to fans of NorthEast United FC, who hail from the NorthEast with women amongst men. While one of the women and also their male friend tries to end the mockery what was more shocking to me a whole section of the crowd is seen watching the incidence but not reacting or intervening or doing something to end this disgraceful and unacceptable behaviour.

After the videos went viral, the media started to pick on the story and raised the topics of Racism against people from the NorthEast, behavour towards women in public places, etc.

Racism is defined as prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.

And for me it is clear, RACISM in any form against NOBODY in the world due to their skin colour, ethnicity, social background or any other reason is acceptable. Just saying that we are sorry, we are with the victims isn’t enough, action need to follow up these words by the authorities, the league and the clubs.

But on the other side it has been good to see, so many people involved with and working in Indian football reacting to the incidence, condemning the happenings at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai.

These were some of the tweets from India captain Sunil Chhetri & India striker Jeje Lalpekhlua!

We all should support the #SayNoToRacism campaign by posting it across all our social media. Lets make people aware!!!

Here the statement from NorthEast United FC

Here the statement from Chennaiyin FC

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