A Scandal in Paris: Racism in PSG’s Scouting Exposed
Less than 48 hours after Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) came away from the San Paolo stadium in Naples with a 1-1 draw with Napoli, the club has been rocked by serious allegations of systemic sbo666 and institutional racism. The stroke broke on French-based online investigative journal Mediapart, that it had found PSG’s chief scout for France excluding Paris – Marc Westerloppe – had introduced a policy requiring all scouts under his control to racially profile every player, they were watching. This policy was intended to reduce the intake of black and Arab French players into PSG’s academy.
According to Mediapart, sbo666 the practice of racial profiling by PSG’s scouting department had started in 2013 under Westerloppe’s direction. It listed players’ ethnic origins in a database like system as criteria for picking players. It had four categories for different ethnic groups which were: French, North African, West Indian and Black African. Mediapart go on to state that according to the minutes it had been handed of a March 2014 meeting amongst PSG’s youth football recruitment staff, regarding recruitment for its youth academy, Westerloppe had said ‘there is a problem with the direction of this club, a balance is needed on the mixing, there are too many West Indians and Africans in Paris’.
There is NO way to sugar coat this. sbo666 There is NO way to make it sound less horrific than what it is. This is racism. These accusations show Westerloppe’s frame of mind and intention in instituting this policy. It wasn’t to record ethnic origins of players for any merit based reason. Instead its purpose was to try and reduce the number of black and Arab players PSG recruited into its academy from outside of the Paris region. This is because in his eyes there were “too many West Indians and Africans in Paris”.
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