All I want to do is help put an end to racism in football. It happened to me and it happens to other players. It happens all the time. I’ve always thought that football is a reflection of society and with that, you have its good side and bad side. Racism is the bad bit and I can’t just stand by and let it go on any more. For too long, I’ve thought I no one listens to football players or cares what we think. But when you hear the same taunts year after year, it gets to you.
I don’t want to take my kids to a game and for them to experience what I have but if I have to, I will. It would be so much better without it though. I want things to change and for young people to be aware that this is not the way it has to be at a football match. I’m not their parent, I don’t know what they’re told when they go home, but I know that if they admire a guy like [FC Barcelona’s] Ronaldinho and they see him talking about racism and wearing the wristband, it will make a difference.
This spring, Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, 27, launched an anti-racism wristband as part of the Stand Up Speak Up campaign to combat racism in football.
Whenlwas seven, people wanted to fight my dad – because he was black that to put you off your game.
You have to rise above it.
But last year, Luis Aragones (the Spanish national team’s football coach) made that comment [he called Henry ‘a black shit’ in an attempt to motivate one of his own players] and I decided I had to do something. So I called my sponsor, Nike, and said: ‘I need to get across that racism is wrong – it has to stop.
We came up with the idea of the wristband.
I grew up in a suburb of Paris and never really experienced racism as a child.
All the kids in my area were either from the West Indies, Africa or Asia – it was a very multicultural environment.
My dad was keen on me being a footballer – I’ve played ever since I can remember. It was when I started travelling outside Paris for games that things changed. People from other parts of France weren’t used to seeing black players.
I remember my first, and probably worst, experience of racism very well. I was at a football match with my dad when I was seven or eight. Some people started shouting at us and wanted to fight my dad – just because he was black. It was a horrible moment and pretty scary, and has stayed with me all my life.
The more I played football, the more racism became an awful normality – you just learn to live with it. At the end of one game, a journalist, who’d been in the stands, came up to me and said, ‘That was disgusting what the supporters were saying to you.’
I hadn’t heard it because I was concentrating on my game, but I can imagine that it was probably very offensive.
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Thierry Henry on probability ratio the likelihood that a randomly selected unit will have a particular quality as derived from the known or expected frequency of this quality in the population. For example, if a bag contains 300 red balls and 500 white balls, then the probability ratio of drawing a red ball is 300 out of 800 = 3:8. probability sampling any process in which a sample of participants or cases is chosen from a larger group in such a way that each one has a known (or calculable) likelihood of being included. This requires a well-defined POPULATION and an objective selection procedure, as in RANDOM SAMPLING. Additionally, all members of the population must have some (i.e., nonzero) chance of being selected, al- though this probability need not be the same for all individuals. Thierry Henry 2016.
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