Look at the hairy ape in the picture below. The un-evolved evolutionary throwback was caught on camera abusing Liverpool players as a collection of feeble-minded locals laughed in amusement or joined in.
It is a picture that should remind us just how far we have come in football since the shameful 1980s when scenes like this were commonplace. It should also serve to demonstrate just how far some corners of Europe still lag behind when it comes to standards of basic decency.
This individual has apparently been caught in the act of aiming monkey chants at Liverpool’s two black players, David Ngog and David Amoo, during the Europa League match against FC Rabotnicki.
If that proves to be the case, and it’s hard to argue otherwise looking at this image, it is depressing but hardly surprising. They have recent form for this kind of thing in Macedonia, where England’s black players Emile Heskey, Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole were racially abused during an international game.
We are told the human race is constantly advancing physically and intellectually, it is clear not everyone is on the genetic highway. Some remain stuck on the hard shoulder, knuckles dragging on the Tarmac, grunting to themselves and pointing at the sky whenever a big, shiny metal bird passes overhead.
And if man evolved from the ape, why are monkeys still on the planet? There appears to be an element of choice in this whole evolutionary thing, a moment when a species reaches a fork in the road and is faced with a choice between using the right knife at the dinner table or pointing and making ‘ooo-ooo’ noises at football grounds.
One of the reasons Mario Balotelli is ‘anxious’ to flee Inter Milan for England is because of intolerable levels of racism directed at him inside Serie A grounds. Last year Juventus fans chanted: ‘A negro cannot be Italian’ and ‘If you jump up and down Balotelli dies’ at the Sicilian-born player of Ghanaian descent. It reached the point where Juventus were ordered to play behind closed doors.
This overt racism happens regularly in Spain too, something Thierry Henry alluded to when he left La Liga and signed for New York Red Bulls.
Unfortunately in Europe, it’s a reflection on society. If you are from another religion, or another country or a different color then you can hear some bad stuff.