So now it comes out, the news some of us feared we'd see at some point during the World Cup: Spanish football fans taunted the French football team with monkey chants as they arrived at Hanover's stadium. As has been mentioned before in these pages, racism in Spanish football is a major problem. This new disgrace is simply evidence that Spanish football supporters haven't done enough to root out the thugs in their midst.
After the monkey chants, as fans and teams prepared for the kick-off, Spanish fans jeered and whistled la Marseillaise (undoubtedly the best national anthem), in another display of thuggish stupidity and machismo. The time to start dealing with this problem is long past. I'm not sure it's constructive to say that it'll sort itself out, or that it's a minority of supporters. If the Spanish league can't start to act against these people, the problem will only get worse.