“There is often a fair amount of what you might call casual racism and xenophobia around support for England, especially away from home. If there is racism around England, we need to challenge that.”
~ Kevin Keegan, 2000
In the build up to the Euro 2000 tournament, Belgium and the Netherlands prepared for an onslaught of hooliganism. Keegan’s take on racism and England encapsulates the view many casually take on what you “might call” racism in football.
“Honestly, I will love it if we beat them. Love it!”
~ Kevin Keegan, May 1996
Kevin Keegan responds to comments from Sir Alex Ferguson with one of the most memorable tirades in soccer history. Newcastle held a 12 point lead in January 1996 but ended up second to Manchester United in the end. Keegan’s tirade came just before the last game of the season when Manchester United beat Middlesborough 3-0 and Newcastle drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur.