In an odd and troubling convergence between the worlds of Professional American politics and Euro Football, Racist chants from low life bystanders have brought disgrace on both matches.
In the game between England and Croatia in Zagreb, neo-nazi rowdies heckled British-African star Emile Heskey, with monkey calls. The overt bigotry will be severely punished by the FIFA.
In the match opposing Republican John McCain and first black US Presidential candidate from a major party, Barck Obama, similar manifestations of race hate have been witnessed. Obama has been subjected to adds illegitimately associating him with a corrupt Detroit African American mayor with whom Obama has little or no connections. A black minister who has been uncategorically denounced by Obama keeps appearing in hate crime TV ads from Conservative Republican PACS.
Unlike the British abhorrence for the unsportsmanlike conduct of some of its ignorant fans. US campaign officials call such injustice "politics as usual".