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Racist abuse nothing new to Beasley
by Ridge Mahoney, August 8th, 2007 7AM
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[VIDEO] U.S. international midfielder DaMarcus Beasley scored his first goal for his new club, Glasgow Rangers, in their 1-0 European Champions League qualifying win over Montenegrin club FK Zeta in a match tainted by racist chants directed at him and a teammate.
    (Click here for video of Beasley's goal.)

Unfortunately for the 25-year-old Beasley, who has also played for PSV Eindhoven and on loan to Manchester City, he's experienced such behavior before.

"It happened to me a few years ago when PSV played Red Star in Belgrade, and I can't believe racist abuse is still in football," Beasley was quoted as saying on Rangers' Web site. "People can come to a match and jeer, but the racist thing just has to get out of football."

"It sickens to hear these chants, but when you are on the pitch, you have to try to blank it out. It degrades the game for everyone. I will discuss the situation with Rangers because I feel strongly about it, and we will decide if we should file a complaint."

While in Chicago to play for the U.S. in the Gold Cup earlier this summer, Beasley also expressed astonishment on another facet of racist taunting: fans will target opposing players of the same race as players on their own team.

Matches in England, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Spain and other countries have produced this bizarre behavior in the past few decades. In one of the most notorious examples, fans in several English stadiums threw bananas at former England international John Barnes, who was just one of numerous black players on club rosters at the time.

"What I can't understand are the fans who have black players on their team, they're the ones saying racist chants and other stuff a lot of the time," said Beasley. "How does that work? Do they ever think about how that makes the black players on their team feel? But I guess that doesn't bother them, because they keep doing it.

"It's happened to me. I don't like it, but I can't do anything about it, so I don't let it bother me. Sometimes, I can use it as motivation, you know?"

Beasley might be facing Red Star again. He scored from 20 yards in the 81st minute as Rangers completed a 3-0 aggregate win and advanced to play either Red Star or Levadia Tallinn of Estonia for a berth in the Champions League group stage.

Beasley agrees that measures have to be taken to curb the abuse, but the situation Tuesday night was a case in point: a small section of fans chanted "monkey noises" supposedly directed at Beasley and teammate Jean-Claude Darcheville, a native of French Guyana.

"They've done a lot to try to stop it," said Beasley in late June. "I guess they could do more but there's only so much you can do. Kick the people out and don't let them in again. Close the stadiums, you can do that, but then you're punishing all the other people who are there to sing and have a good time and cheer for their team. It's not right for them to suffer."

Aug. 7 in Podgorica

FK Zeta 0 Rangers 1. Goal: Beasley 81.
FK Zeta -- S.Ivanovic, Djukovic (Khezevic, 56), Kaluderovic, Radulovic, Igumanovic, M.Ivanovic, Tumbasevic (Vuckovic, 82), Markovic, B.Ivanovic (Bohevic, 70), Korac, Stepanovic.
Rangers -- McGregor, Broadfoot, Cuellar, Weir, Papac, Beasley, Ferguson, Hemdani, Thomson (Adam, 86), McCulloch, Darcheville (Novo, 60).
Att.: 11,000.


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