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Sport: Racism, racist violence and hate speech in sporting venues (and reporting and policing thereof)?

Key Area:
Public Life, Culture, Sport & Media
19/01/2012 - 16:30
Short Answer

Some incidents of racist chants have been registered and several physical attacks between fans of the Slovenian and other national teams.

Qualitative Info

The anti-Gypsy chanting is considered common practice in the Slovenian sports. On general it doesn't target Roma individuals, but referees, rival players and fan groups.

Occassionaly other minorities are target of racist chanting, including for instance chanting "Kill, kill Hungarians" at the football match  held in Maribor in 2009 within the first national league between a host, FC Maribor,  and FC Nafta Lendava, a club from the city where Hungarian minority lives.

Also, in the course of sports events in Slovenia mutual insults and physical attacks between Slovenian and Croatian fans took place.

There were also racist incidents affecting players with dark skin; such incidents include monkey sounds directed at black players whenever they touch the ball; bananas and other objects thrown onto the pitch;etc.

Some incidents have been reported by the police and the media, and sanctioned by the national sports associations, but  in many cases the sports authorities claimed there have not been established mechanisms for the identification of perpetrators and their removal from the sports events.


Racism, ethnic discrimination and exclusion of migrants and minorities in sport: A comparative overview of the situation in the European Union, 2010, Date of access: 19.1.2012.

Preventing racism, xenophobia and related intolerance in sport across the European Union, Country Report Slovenia, 2009, Peace Institute.

Groups affected/interested Roma & Travelers, Africans/black people, National minorities
Type (R/D) Anti-migrant/xenophobia, Afrophobia, Anti-roma/zinghanophobia, Nationalism
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Sport
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