“Catching Hate Offside” is an analysis of the most prominent racist incidents in the history of football and, at the same time, a tribute to the great stars who have taken up arms; it is a collection of ambassadors for diversity and equality. This is a selection of football players, managers, referees, directors and renowned journalists with a person per letter.
While the project had humble beginnings in a small corner of south-east Spain (Almería), it is certainly ambitious in spirit. It aims to move readers anywhere in the world, thanks to both the Spanish and English versions. The first black professional footballer, one of the pioneers in ‘coming out’, the first president to lead a crusade against hooligans, the first head coach to fight anti-Semitism,…
This is a book that documents incidents and also inspires hope at the same time. The high profile individuals have won over the fans’ hearts, but they have also experienced the dark side; they are victims of the ugly face of sport and society in general. In 2019, there was a resurgence in England and Italy. Racial abuse has become a dangerous trend which we cannot allow to turn into an endemic problem.
Do we know about the real impact of discrimination in football? Firstly, we must admit there is a problem; secondly, discover the true extent of it; and thirdly, provide solutions.
Those of us who have been denouncing the harmful aspects of football for years sometimes feel like Don Quixote tilting at windmills, but absolutely nobody is going to slow down our educational contribution to tackling any attacks on human dignity.
Salva R. Moya (Madrid, 1970) actual director de Canal Sur en Almería y conocido periodista. Es Licenciado en Ciencias de la Información por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1993). Es Doctor en Humanidades por la Universidad de Almería por su tesis Racismo en el fútbol profesional. Realidad social y dimensión mediática (CUM LAUDE) en 2011 y es Miembro del Grupo de Investigación «Estudios del Tiempo Presente» de la Universidad de Almería. Como experto en la materia ha publicado Tarjeta Negra al Racismo (Fragua, 2011) y Mordisco al racismo (Círculo Rojo, 2015), Premio Círculo Rojo (2016) en la categoría Deportes.
Marce Arellano García (Almuñécar, 1976) es profesor de inglés en las Escuelas Oficiales de Idiomas de Andalucía y Licenciado en Filología Inglesa por la Universidad de Granada, habiendo realizado un año en la Universidad de Aberdeen (Escocia) a través de una beca Erasmus. También ha realizado un curso de postgrado en la Universidad Sheffield Hallam (Inglaterra). Además de su labor pedagógica, ha traducido varios cuentos infantiles como Hugo no sabe (Okapi Libros, 2019), ha realizado traducciones para la empresa CPAC Comunicación y ha elaborado varias guías de viaje para el blog mswanderluster.blogspot.com.
Salva R. Moya (Madrid, 1970) is the current director of Canal Sur in Almería and a renowned journalist. He has a degree in Information Science by the Complutense University in Madrid (1993). He is also a holder of a Doctorate in Humanities by the University of Almería for his thesis “Racismo en el fútbol profesional. Realidad social y dimensión mediática” (Racism in professional football. Social reality and media dimension) (CUM LAUDE) in 2011 and he is a Member of the Research Group “Estudios del Tiempo Presente” from the University of Almería. As an expert in the subject matter he has published Tarjeta Negra al Racismo (Black Card to Racism) (Fragua, 2011) and Mordisco al racismo (Taking a Bite out of racism) (Círculo Rojo, 2015), awarded the Círculo Rojo Prize (2016) in the Sports category.
Marce Arellano García (Almuñécar, 1976) is a teacher of English at the Official Language Schools in Andalusia (Spain) and a graduate in English Philology by the University of Granada, having obtained an Erasmus scholarship for one year at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). He also did a post-graduate course at Sheffield Hallam University (England). Besides his educational work, he has translated several children’s books like Hugo no sabe (Hugo can’t do it) (Okapi Libros, 2019), has done translation work for the company CPAC Comunicación and has written various travel guides for the blog mswanderluster.blogspot.com.