Clarke Carlisle asks ‘Is Football Racist?’ in a BBC Three documentary

Clarke Carlisle asks ‘Is Football Racist?’ in a BBC Three documentary
Updated on Monday 16 July 2012 by @TVNewsroom

Former Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle finds out ‘Is Football Racist?’ in a documentary on BBC Three tonight.

Following a season in which football has been rocked by allegations of racism, the former Premier league footballer explores how far his profession has really progressed since the dark days of banana throwing on the terraces in this documentary.

During the hour-long programme, Carlisle asks his Dad for the first time about his experience of football culture in the 70s and 80s.

“The emotions it brought up on camera took us both by surprise,” said Carlisle.

“Kicked, punched, head-butted, stamped on, and that was on the pitch. My Dad could barely bring himself to recall the details of events OFF the pitch.”

Clarke has played at all levels from the Premiership to the fourth division, and as the chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association he feels he has a good grasp of the issues confronting football today.

Setting out with the belief that racism has been largely eradicated from the game and that the frenzy surrounding the recent allegations shows the issue is being taken seriously by the authorities, Clarke begins to face a stark realisation on a journey which sees the issue of racism in football come very close to home.

Is Football Racist? hears from a range of voices from across football including former Liverpool and England players John Barnes and Stan Collymore and Birmingham City’s manager Chris Hughton all share their thoughts and experiences.

Jewish comedian and avid Chelsea fan David Baddiel, former football hooligan Cass Pennant and the Punjabi Wolves, the UK’s largest group of ethnic minority football supporters, give the view from the terraces.

Is Football Racist? – 9pm, Tonight on BBC Three

Posted in
BBC Match of the Day MOTD

The running order for tonight’s edition of Match of the Day is as follows: 1. Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester United; 2. West Bromwich Albion v Cheslea; 3. Crystal Palace v Everton; 4. Burnley v Southampton. Gary Lineker will... Read more

BBC Sport - Match of the Day 2019 - Titles (18)

The second round of Premier League fixtures in the 2020/21 season got underway today. Gary Lineker will be live on BBC One and BBC One HD from 10.20pm this evening with highlights of all four games. He’ll be joined in... Read more

Gary Lineker - BBC World Cup 2018 (1)

The BBC and Gary Lineker have signed a new contract which will keep him at the corporation until 2025. The former England captain will continue as Match Of The Day host, a programme he first presented back in 1999 as... Read more

BBC Match of the Day MOTD

The running order for tonight’s edition of Match of the Day is as follows: 1. Liverpool v Leeds; 2.Fulham v Arsenal; 3. West Ham United v Newcastle United; 4. Crystal Palace v Southampton. Gary Lineker will be live on BBC... Read more

Jason Bell - BBC NFL (1)

Jason Bell will take part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. The 42-year-old is a former NFL player who currently serves as a pundit on the BBC’s NFL coverage. “Strictly is the epitome of British television and this year, more... Read more