How to stop racism in the arenas?

Comment enrayer le racisme dans les arénas?

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The prime minister François Legault has made it known on Wednesday that it would be expected that the match be stopped and the supporters who insulted Mr. Diaby and his family were expelled.

The controversy surrounding a hockey player victim of racism during a match in the League north american hockey (LNAH) continued Wednesday to react to the political class. According to the liberal Enrico Ciccone, criminal charges should be brought against the handful of supporters involved.

“Disgusting, disgraceful and unacceptable. “The events that occurred Saturday at the arena regional Rivière-du-Nord, Saint-Jérôme, were visibly shocked Mr. Ciconne. “We attacked his parents, to his family, because they are Black. There, a given time, that’s going too far, “he protested in front of the journalists, adding that” we tomb[is] in the criminal law “.

Comment enrayer le racisme dans les arénas?

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Jonathan-Ismael Diaby

The young defender of the Marquis de Jonquière Jonathan-Ismael Diaby has been the target of about a racist launched by supporters of the opposing team, the Oil of the North. Spectators have also shown videos of baboons while he was in the penalty box.

The family of the athlete has also been taken to task by supporters. According to the description of events made by Mr. Diaby, spectators have touched the hair of his father and took the arm of his girlfriend. The player has finally decided, after being handed a new penalty, to leave the premises with his family. “When you put the hand on the head of someone, when you take the arm of someone as it has been done, these are assaults, commented Enrico Ciccone. There is guides on how to behave in the arenas, but it doesn’t work. It’s been fifty years that it doesn’t work […] A given time, it is necessary to be more coercive. “

Matches without spectators

The prime minister François Legault has made it known on Wednesday that it would be expected that the match be stopped and the supporters who insulted Mr. Diaby and his family were expelled. “I call upon the hockey leagues and the other spectators : one has the right to say to someone who takes comments like that as it doesn’t make sense. “

For his part, Enrico Ciccone suggested that the LNAH take example on Europe, where it happens that a match is amateur or semi-professional soccer takes place behind closed doors to avoid overflow of the crowd. “You have to go find where it hurts, and it is the portfolio. In the league north american, we need[s] under [the ticket sales], ” he said.

A proposal that considers “a little too extreme,” Simon Turcot, head coach of the 3L de Rivière-du-Loup, one of the teams in the circuit of the LNAH. “If we do that, the organizations are going to close the books. The players are paid, there is a lot of expenditure around a hockey game. “

But the one who is at the head of the training louperivoise past three years, the note : name-calling and inappropriate behaviour abound in the arenas of Quebec. “It’s happening everywhere now, he laments. I am sometimes involved in minor hockey and it happens even in the grandstands of the levels of atom and pee-wee. “And in his duties as head coach of the 3L, it is said that the games played in Saint-Jérôme clash of the other cities visited by the LNAH. “This is the most difficult in terms of spectators. “

The climate sometimes tumultuous arenas is currently under the magnifying glass of the Sports minister, Isabelle Charest, who is to draw up a portrait of the situation, she indicated to the Duty.

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