5 weird stereotypes in football
The false beliefs of the game...
Conventions are a strange thing. The human brain works in such a way that once it infers a pattern in something, it will automatically keep believing in that pattern while keeping the past as a base. The look of shock that one gives when she/he sees an Asian who is tall or a blonde who is a math genius is a testament to the tendency of people who believe in certain stereotypes.
Typecasts exist all around the globe, it is present wherever the eye gazes. It is like gender specific organs: everyone has them, but only a very few talk about its existence out in public. Similarly, Stereotypes exist in football too—and here are 5 of the weirdest ones…
#1 Players of African origin players are strong
Admit it, when you see a player of African origin writhing on the ground in pain after a seemingly soft tackle, a part of you doesn’t want to believe that the said player is in pain. After all, the image that many have of black players is that they are genetically stronger than the rest. If that isn’t true for you, you are the exception to the rule.
While it is true that there are many African origin footballers who can boast of great strength and physical prowess, there are others who are as fragile as the heart of a baby. Abou Diaby is one of the first names that spring in the mind.
The former Arsenal man could literally get injured getting up off the toilet seat. Ledley King is another name, another player who could have been one of the best ever in their position but didn’t have the career he deserved due to constant injuries.
Among others, we could name Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, Louis Saha and many such names as some of the most injury-prone players of African origin out there.
This is a stereotype that needs to die a silent death and soon. All footballers are created equal. Our perception needs to change.