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    Racial bias in football

    Study regarding racial bias in football

    https://runrepeat.com/racial-bias-study-soccer

    When commentators talk about intelligence:
    62.60% of praise was aimed at players with lighter skin tone
    63.33% of criticism was aimed at players with darker skin tone
    When commentators are talking about power they are 6.59 times more likely to be talking about a player with darker skin tone
    When commentators are talking about speed they are 3.38 times more likely to be talking about a player with darker skin tone
    When commentators talk about work ethic, 60.40% of praise is aimed at players with lighter skin tone

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    I read a book called Soccernomics which talked about how English scouts were more likely to praise players with blonde hair because they "stuck out" more when being scouted, compared to dark hair players on the pitch. Not really race related, just a funny anecdote.

    Regarding the study, I'm not surprised. It's like when you watch the NBA and every white player is praised for their "high basketball IQ.

    For football specific, Balotelli received such a ridiculous amount of blame for those mid-2010 Azzurri teams. Not because he deserved the blame, but because he doesn't look like what an Italian is "supposed" to look like. We just need to be better than that as people.

    This forum does a really good job with this, all things considered.


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    not surprising at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADRossi View Post
    I read a book called Soccernomics which talked about how English scouts were more likely to praise players with blonde hair because they "stuck out" more when being scouted, compared to dark hair players on the pitch. Not really race related, just a funny anecdote.
    The only logical excuse for why David Luiz has had a long career at the top level

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