UNCOMMONNESS

The simulation of a football committee at a Model United Nations Conference is quite a different perspective. The President’s take on why it is valid, and more, documented by Rishita Chittoju.
IP: Sir, Could you please tell us why you have chosen this agenda? What change do you think the discussion of this agenda will propagate?
Chairman: As the Executive Board of this committee, we wanted to have a discussion of an agenda that would be approachable to non football fans as well. Discussing racism in football is very important right now, as it’s seen very frequently in Europe’s top division leagues. We can only look back to last week, where a Brazilian player from Partizan Belgrade was mercilessly abused by his own fans. We hope that discussions in this committee are fruitful and representatives of clubs can come to a solution which is favored by all and does not diminish the fan’s experience of watching the beautiful game in all its glory.

IP: Which sub-agenda are you looking forward to, the most?
Chairman: We are looking at a discussion, considering the mandate of the committee, we would be a body that can only make recommendations. We expect delegates to come up with solutions which deter their fans to indulge in racism. We expect clubs to unite for this cause and make sure that strict measures are taken, and implemented thoroughly. Apart from that, if representatives have something more planned and wish to go the extra mile, in terms of educating fans and publicly denouncing supporters who insist on hooliganism, we would welcome it.

IP: Would you briefly explain one the influence of racism and hooliganism impacting the age old tradition of a sport like football?
Chairman: Okay, so let’s understand this. Racism, in general is something that needs to go away. Racism in football, has made the sport ugly. Racist fans make it unbelievably difficult for players to perform, and it also leaves behind a sour memory for the fans. We see teams walk off or players lose their heads against sets of racist fans, which obviously creates a lot of tension and affects the players.Hooliganism in general, has decreased over time in the top leagues. However, it is still prevalent in many leagues across Europe. Hooliganism is endorsed by certain clubs, albeit not publicly, and is a problem that clubs have to deal with very often. The ruckus created, always causes halting of games and has time and again led to tragedies in world football.While one can understand the passion of fans, there is a fine line between passion and hooliganism.

IP: Tell us something about your love for football. It is rather interesting how you have done two football based committees. Your comments?
Chairman: I’ve been a Manchester United supporter for more than 13 years now, and it was one man, Sir Alex Ferguson, who got me interested in football. My interest gradually grew in football, after I passed out from school and started playing ( I suck at it). Debating, showing off my football knowledge and being petty is something I do well, and being in a simulation of UEFA at an MUN allows me to do all that.That being said, I love to have a legit discussion of problems in football and hope that my experience with this committee before, helps delegates have a good experience at Excelsior MUN 2017.

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