Укрощение фанатизма

МЕЛЬБУРН.В то время когда ужасные события в Норвегии напоминают нам о том, как много ещё в мире есть кровожадного фанатизма, возможно, история с другой стороны этого явления сможет восстановить некоторый оптимизм по поводу того, что некоторые положительные, исторически значимые изменения в отношении к фанатизму действительно происходят.

В прошлом месяце в Австралии одного игрока высшей лиги австралийского футбола оштрафовали и отстранили от игр; к тому же (как результат интенсивной отрицательной реакции прессы) он пережил сильное публичное унижение. Необычным в данном деле и в масштабе реакции было его правонарушение. Это не было жестоким убийством, он не оскорблял арбитра, не раскрыл закрытую информацию болельщикам, делающим ставки. Это было всего лишь едкое замечание, услышанное только его оппонентом. Но его оппонент был игроком нигерийского происхождения, а замечание было расистским оскорблением.

Всего несколько дней до этого произошёл инцидент, также привлёкший к себе значительное внимание средств информации и вызвавший порицание: зрителя, выкрикнувшего расистское оскорбление в адрес игрока суданского происхождения, вывели со стадиона и запретили посещать матчи в будущем, если он не пройдёт курсы антирасистского образования.

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