Notts ace spells out some home truths
THE paltry fine handed out by Uefa to the Serbian FA of £65,000 for racist abuse and violent conduct in their U21 game with England has put racism firmly back in the spotlight.
Such a little fine and a few bans has, say groups like Kick it Out, underlined the whole message when it comes to cracking down on racism in the game.
The ferocious monkey chants coming from the stands in Serbia a few months ago sickened many supporters.
But sat in the referee's room in the bowels of Meadow Lane, conducting pre-match interviews ahead of today's clash with Brentford, winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce spoke from the heart on the subject.
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Campbell-Ryce is a black player. But for all the fines, bans, t-shirts, he says there is only one place where the problem of racism can be stopped.
And that is in the home.
There is no quick fix, insists the 29-year-old who returns from a three-match ban for a sending off at Preston, to face the fourth-placed Bees.
And when it comes to those intollerant of other cultures, Campbell-Ryce is not going to lose much sleep.
The problem is deep-rooted, he insists. But to make inroads, the only people who can put it right is parents and grandparents as they raise their families.
"When I look at you or other players I don't see colour," said Campbell-Ryce.
"I'm not bothered about what colour you are, where you are from. You're another person and that is the way I was brought up.
"I believe I was brought up the right way to respect other people and their cultures.
"I don't think it will help (the fines). I just think the way you are raised is the way you are going to be. You can't changed somebody's view on things like that.
"Some are not brought up like that and it is part and parcel of life and something people have to get on with.
"Obviously it is not nice and the FA and PFA have to be seen to stamp that out but are you really going to stop racism? My answer to that is 'no'."
Liverpool's Luis Suarez received an eight-match ban for abusing Patrice Evra last season and John Terry, the former England captain, just four-games for a similar incident with Anton Ferdinand.
But the Notts County winger insists when it comes to him, he will just brush off any racism aimed at him by letting his football do the talking.
"Let's have it right, there is racism in all walks of life and football just happens to be the one we are in," he said.
"You have to take it head on and things like in Serbia is just life to me. It is not nice, nobody wants to see it but you have to get on with it.
"I have come across racism but I take it with a pinch of salt. I would rather go and answer them back with my football on the field rather than all this off-the-field stuff.
"How long has racism been going on? This is not a yesterday thing, it is something that happened many a year before my time, before your time and it is not going to stop just by giving players five-game bans.
"The world is full of ignorant people and if they don't want to accept other cultures then leave them to it.
"I don't have to like them, they don't have to like me. I will get on with my life and they can get on with theirs.
"Are bans going to stop them being racist? It is a vicious circle.
"You get a five-game ban and in a week or two or a year or two, they will do it again.
"Obviously they have to be punished but is it going to stop the racism? I don't know."