- Edwin Cardona:
It was in November 2017, when Colombia played against South Korea, players from both teams were involved in a scuffle. While James Rodriguez was caught up with Korean players Ki and Jin Su Kim, Cordona was seen making an offensive ‘’squinting eyes’ remark which surely angered the fans. FIFA too was displeased with this act. He has been banned from five international games, luckily for him it will help him to participate in the World Cup.
- Aleksander Tonev:
Tonev was playing for Celtic on loan from Aston Villa in 2014 as he made his debut against Celtic’s arch rivals Aberdeen. The Bulgarian winger was accused of racial comments in this specific game as Aberdeen defender Shay Logan launched a complaint against the Celtic man. In spite of Tonev denying the charges, the Scottish Football Association went ahead with Logan’s allegation and banned Tonev for seven matches. Celtic’s appeal for the same failed as Tonev soon joined Italian side Frosinone.
- Luis Suarez:
The rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United has always been intense and it only got more intense when Suarez and Evra were involved in a heated argument when the two sides met in 2011 at Anfield. Suarez was found guilty of abusing Evra by calling him a “negro” along with some racial abuse. He was banned for eight matches and also a fine was of £40,000 was given. It was not the first controversy in which Suarez was involved in, but it was one of the biggest lows of his career.
- Emre Belozoglu:
Emre was guilty of racially abusing some Everton players in 2006 while he was playing for Newcastle United but nothing was proven. A similar complaint was filed when El Hadji Diouf and Alhassan Bangura accused Emre for the same accusation but again nothing was proven. It was when he moved to Turkey to join Fenerbahce, he was accused again by Trabzonspor player Didier Zokora for calling him a “fu***ng ni**er” and was handed a two match ban by the Turkish FA. It only got worse in 2014 when he was convicted for racism and was sentenced to prison for two and a half years.
- John Terry:
The former English captain was accused for racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand when the two sides met in 2011. Terry allegedly called Anton a “f*cking black c*nt” and after a number of lip reading experts confirmed using the video footage that the accusation was true, Terry was suspended for four matches a year after the investigation. A fine of £220,000 was also handed to the Chelsea legend but it remains unclear till this date as to what was the truth behind this incident.