Swansea City keeper Vorm: 'Racism will never stop'
MICHEL Vorm doubts whether football will ever rid itself of racism — but insists such abuse does not affect him.
The issue of racist chanting arose again on Wednesday after Manchester City striker Yaya Toure claimed he was the target of obscene taunts from CSKA Moscow fans.
There have been other similar incidents in Eastern Europe.
Vorm himself was part of a Dutch squad subjected to chants by Poland fans during an open training session at Euro 2012.
And amid calls for action from football's governing bodies following this latest episode, Vorm believes it is impossible to completely stamp out the problem.
"It's something that has happened for years and years," said the Swansea City goalkeeper.
"It's hard because it's almost impossible to ban, but I think you have to do something again after what happened in Moscow.
"Sadly, I don't think it will ever stop. You can maybe punish the club but it's hard for them as well to have these supporters.
"You almost don't know what to do next. It doesn't really happen in countries other than Eastern Europe."
Holland ran a lap of the pitch at the Wisla Krakow's Stadion Miejski 16 months ago when sections of the crowd began hurling racist insults at a squad that contained a number of black players, including Vorm and AC Milan midfielder Nigel De Jong.
The abuse grew louder as Bert van Marwijk's squad passed the same group for a second time and led skipper Mark van Bommel to move his team-mates to the other end of the field.
"It's hard to hear but it's a minority of supporters," said Vorm.
"It's also a weakness from people to mess around with you, but it doesn't affect you playing.
"It's crazy it still happens but the way I react is to laugh about it.
"I just try to focus on what I have to do.
"We were training with the national team in Poland in front of 25,000 people and there was a group that mess it up for the rest of the 25,000 people.
"It might only have been 100 people, but that's too much.
"I think it's something that's going to be there forever because it's just ignorance. You just have to leave it as a player for what it is and focus on the training and the game."
Former Tottenham and Portsmouth midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng led his AC Milan team-mates off the pitch after some of them suffered racist abuse during a friendly against Pro Patria in Italy a year ago.
And given what happened to Toure in Moscow, there are fears that Swansea could encounter similar problems when they travel for a Europa League clash with Russian side Kuban Krasnodar in just under two weeks' time.
If that happens, Vorm does not think he will react in the same way as Boateng.
"I think it helps more to score a goal or make a good save. That's how you show these people, don't let it get to you," he added.
"But I understand how everyone is different in the way they cope — that's the way I cope with it.
"It is a problem in Russia even though there are a lot of foreign players in their league — Brazilian and African players.
"That's also the crazy thing and they don't do anything to deserve this.
"I've seen this many times, but I've never experienced anything really bad. I've never heard it for 90 minutes and never the whole stadium. Then it might be different.
"I hope that's not the case when we go to Russia, if so then that's for Fifa and Uefa to do something about."