Earlier this year AFC Bournemouth hosted an event under the Show Racism the Red Card banner.
The message, endorsed by current player Dan Gosling, was to stamp out racism in football.
90 local children were shown an educational film and had a Q&A session with a panel of special guests, presenting the club as anti-racist.
they’re far off being a racist club”
Former sport science graduate Aaron Deo had a one year stint with AFC Bournemouth as part of the first team sport science team in 2014-15. He worked closely with the players and was involved during daily training.
He experienced the camaraderie of the players first hand and said: “I’m pretty sure I never heard a racist insult or anything. I think I’d have remembered that.”
Aaron, 24, says the egos of the players in the locker room was cause for much male-centric banter but condemned racist abuse and distanced the Cherries from it. He stated how the only time players would get negatively affected by comments, would be “the manager [criticising] mistakes” and added, “I would say they’re far off being a racist club.”
He did however recall an instance where a joke of a racial inference was used referring to an occasion where a black former player came third in a sprint race during training and was jeered with, “how’d you not finish ahead of two white blokes?”
Aaron stressed however that “[he] found the funny side of it. So, I wouldn’t call it racism as there was no malice.”