Pop quiz, hotshot: How many players in England's top league have been found guilty of racism in the last 30 years?
None, is the answer.
In fact, in the entire history of football, has any player in England's top flight ever been convicted of racial abuse?
Racism has inarguably been a major issue in British football for decades, so it seems a little strange that not one single player has been convicted or banned in the modern footballing era.
The conclusion must be that football is a paragon of racial tolerance; a multicultural utopia where racism is actually the exception, rather than the rule.
Believe that, and you'll believe anything. As the old saying goes: Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
Racism permeates every level of society; football is a microcosm of society, yet the FA expects us to believe that there has never been a an actual proven case of racism in top-flight football?!
The fact that no player has ever been 'convicted' of racism is another depressing example of the spineless apathy and incompetence of the FA, English football's alleged governing body.
It's trite to say it but like everything else these days, it's all about money, and nothing is allowed get in the way of milking the football cash-cow, not even racism, which is why the powers that be in football have no real interest in properly addressing the issue.
Stan Collymore recently gave an insight into how the FA deals with racism allegations:
"I was once racially abused on the pitch. I went to the opposition captain, my captain, my manager, my coaching staff, my chairman, and then I lodged an official complaint with the PFA.
"Essentially what happened was that we turned up in Manchester, I spoke to representatives Gordon Taylor and Brendan Batson and told them my story. Batson said 'can we all agree to put out a press release saying we agree to disagree?
"Well, I completely disagreed with THAT – and walked away from the whole process. For me, justice was not served. There was no investigation at all. It was one word against another. It wasn’t good enough then and it’s not now".
The FA just doesn't want the hassle; it doesn't really want to deal with issue, and the proof of that is that, as I noted earlier, not one player has ever been convicted of racism in the modern era.
Having said that, when you have an irredeemably corrupt and morally bankrupt organisation like UEFA running the game, there's little hope of any real progress, and this was exemplified by the recent Sergio Busquets-Marcelo racism row.
Despite clear video evidence showing Busquets calling Real Madrid's Marcelo a 'monkey', UEFA dismissed the claim, citing a 'lack of strong and convincing evidence'. Take a look for yourself:
In what universe is this not 'strong and convincing evidence'? It's on video! It's unambiguous; what further proof is needed?
The Busquets decision was a disgrace, and proves yet again that UEFA is not fit for purpose.
UEFA and the FA are very good at appearing to give a damn, but nothing has really changed, and nothing is going to change any time soon. Both organisations will continue to ignore the problem, and all race complaints will continue to be brushed under the carpet.
This is good news for the likes of Busquets and Barcelona, but bad news for football overall.