The Union of European Football Associations won't take any action after Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho called someone (allegedly referees) "maricones," which is Spanish for "faggots." In fact, UEFA spokesperson Veron Mossingo Omba said they won't even look into the incident because they have better things to do:
We have priorities and this is not one ! We have a lot of work and we don’t know when we will work on it.
Translation: Piss off, faggots.
Lindsay England of Just a Ballgame? released this poignant observation:
"It saddens us because 6 years ago UEFA introduced a five - point plan of action against sexism and homophobia to their UNITE AGAINST RACISM initiative in partnership with FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) at the second UAR conference at the Camp Nou, Barcelona in February 2006."
The statements in that very same UEFA documentation claimed both of the following:
A) The reason players have not come out is because the structures of the game of football are not seen as tolerant enough for a player to risk coming out.
B) It is at club level that action to tackle racism and homophobia bears most fruit.
"We here at Just a Ball Game? can only do so much to promote diversity and challenge homophobia within the game. The people at the very top of the game must also take some responsibility and action. Messages and action and ones that are genuine also have to come from leaders in the game."