The Big Debate: Beautiful Game? Or Racist Quagmire?

Be it resolved professional football is powerless to end racism

Where you find professional football pitches across Europe and the world, there’s a good chance you’ll find racism too. But a short drive from the stadium in any football city, you’ll find streets transformed into community fields, multicultural teams, and kids learning the right way to channel competitive fervor through proactive coaches, schools, and community-led anti-racism campaigns.

Is professional football lagging behind the public? Do stadium politics perpetuate negative social dynamics? Or, is professional football actually leading the shift?

Mario Balotelli speaks up, Kevin-Prince Boateng walks off, UEFA bans unruly fans and penalizes offenders – are players, coaches, managers, and governing bodies giving voice to issues we’d prefer to ignore?

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Join us in Berlin and cast your vote

Moderator: Sara Llewellin, Chief Executive, Barrow Cadbury Trust (London)


  • David Goldblatt, author of The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football, and Visiting Professor of Politics at Pitzer College (Claremont, California)
  • Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future (London)