The Economist Whines About Winning Euro Team Being Too White

The real problem in the world is too many white people.

Whites don’t win football tournaments through skill. They win by intimidating other teams with their terrible hatred for the color of the skin.


The problem with the Italian football team is that there’s just too many Italians on it, The Economist argued in a bizarre article linking Italy’s Euro 2020 victory to fascism, racism, and the defeat of multiculturalism.

Italy beat England 3-2 in a nail-biting penalty shootout on Sunday night, winning the UEFA European Championships for the first time since 1968. However, while Italians erupted in celebration, some dismayed England fans turned their anger on their team’s three black players who missed their penalty kicks.

Much has been written about the shameful racist abuse hurled at these players, but the day after the final, even as Italians were being physically attacked on British streets, The Economist managed to find a more obscure source of racism: the Italian team itself.

“The most striking aspect of Italy’s 26-man squad before it took to the pitch was that, alone among the main contenders, it did not include a single player considered as being of color,” the article read, noting: “Although three were born in Brazil, they are of Italian descent.”

How Italy’s team ended up so shockingly full of Italians, The Economist continued, is explained by Italy’s citizenship laws. Basically, Italian citizenship is based on jus sanguinis (‘right of blood’): it is passed down from an Italian parent to an Italian child. Many countries around the world award citizenship this way, from Ireland to France to Japan. The opposite, jus soli (‘right of soil’ or ‘birthright citizenship’), grants citizenship to anyone born on a nation’s territory. The United States awards citizenship this way.

Why is Italy allowed to have an Italian team?

How is it even legal in current year?

It’s not fair – obviously, it is going to be easier for a team to function when they are all the same race, because they can communicate better and have a greater sense of group solidarity.

This is like cheating.

The Italian team should have been banned from competing.

This victory is just going to lead to more people promoting the conspiracy theory that diversity is not actually our greatest strength.

Many debunked conspiracies and misinformation categories are already emerging.