Updated: Monday, 3rd August 2020 @ 11:52pm

Piccadilly Pulse: How prevalent is racism in Manchester today?

Piccadilly Pulse: How prevalent is racism in Manchester today?

By Robert James Pollock

Sepp Blatter, the head of FIFA, hit the headlines this week as a result of his comments in relation to racism in football.

The ever controversial Blatter appeared to indicate that any incident of racism that occurs during a match should be resolved with a simple handshake.

Closer to home the FA have recently charged Liverpool’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez with racially abusing Manchester United star Patrice Evra.

Looking south England international John Terry is currently under review by the police in relation to alleged racist comment he made to Antoine Ferdinand, brother to United star Rio.

The issue of racism, therefore, has been propelled to the forefront of our paper’s and television screens and MM felt it would be apt to gauge the people of Manchester’s perception.

The question directed to the public was not solely concerned with the footballing arena but rather the issue of racism within the city as a whole.

Manchester, as is well known, is one of the most diverse cities in the UK and as one would expect we received quite a diverse range of responses.

How prevalent is racism in Manchester today?

Option Results
Levels of racism are worsening 14
Levels of racism are decreasing 10
No issue 5
Always an issue 71

Akif, 45, a Sudanese international living in Manchester

“I have lives here since last March and one thing I would say is that I have never had any problem with racism in this city, none at all.”


Josh Hull, 30, Stoneclough

“I personally have never come across it but I know it goes on, especially on the pitch. I play local football for a team in Radcliffe and we had an Egyptian lad who was subjected to racist abuse 6 months ago.”


Kevin, 38, from Bolton and works in Manchester.

“I guess you could say it could be deemed as being a problem and with the amount of different ethnic groups in the city it’s obviously going to be a problem. It extends to all different nationalities and notably to the polish community. It’s sad- I mean we just speak a different language.”


Peter Sergeant, 18, Oldham

“I think it’s always going to be present. I personally have seen little of it at first hand but I know It occurs and it is something that annoys me.”


Unnamed, 31, Salford

“My girlfriend and mum travelled to a Muslim country recently and they adapted to their customs and culture but over here we are expected to adapt to theirs. We end up walking on egg shells the whole time and he government are the same. It works two ways you know, we can say nothing if they abuse us.”


Eamonn, 52, Stretford

“ I’m not sure about the city but I tell you one thing If Ferdinand had of called Terry a white ‘ba***rd nothing would have come of it, I’m telling you that’s the way it works.”


Ray Lowe, 50, Gorton

“I don’t really think there is much of a problem, I mean I have friends from all backgrounds and it doesn’t bother me. However I must say it works two ways.”


David Robertson, 25, Masters student Manchester

“Of course it is still prevalent. Issues like this in the media do bring it to the public eye but I dread to think how many instances of racism go unreported in this city.”

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