Our world is in crisis. We only need to look at the news to see the millions of children displaced, suffering, and struggling with day-to-day existence. Football is something that can give them a moment of joy in the chaos of their lives, as families from all walks of life have access to a ball. Our aim, of course, is not to highlight poverty or complicated political situations, but to show the power of one small object in a person’s life. The football phenomenon represents unity and gives the opportunity to be part of a team, a game, a celebration.
In the past year, significant attention has been given to violence and racism in football, as it can be seen from the following tabloid headlines:
“Ban this sick filth: Why it’s time for football fans to kick out anti-Semitism for good”
-Dan Silver, The Mirror.
“The time has come for football fans to clean up the game they love.”
-Anthony Clavane, The Sunday Times.
“Football’s day of shame with violence, racism and a head-butt”
-Mark Ryan, The Daily Mail.