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‘Typical African’ slur creates a storm

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Former Socceroo Scott Chipperfield has been embroiled in social media stoush over a tweet he sent about an Ivory Coast player.

While watching the Ivory Coast’s come out victorious World Cup 2-1 against Japan on TV, Chipperfield tweeted of midfielder Serey Die: “Serey die looks like a typical African. Forget how to play. Need brains to play football.”

The tweet was immediately deleted but it did not prevent Chipperfield from being on the receiving end of a torrent of criticism from some of his followers. He has a total of 6,847 followers, including some other professional players. Sports braodcaster Francis Leach fired off a number of tweets, including this one: 

This tweet was ‘favorited’ 36 times and ‘retweeted’ 20 times.

Adelaide United striker Bruce Djite – a former a Socceroo – also rejected Chipperfield’s comment, tweeting: “Brains are amazing I wish everybody had one! Can’t teach anyone if they don’t wanna learn. Neaderthals still roam the earth.”

But Chipperfield, who is the midfielder for Swiss club FC Aesch, hit back, claiming he was a target of the tall poppy syndrome.

“Wasn’t racist tweet was describing styles of play. They just look to bring down others. Tall poppy syndrome,” he tweeted.

“Life is getting out of control. U can call me a racist but I don’t care. I am what I am.

“Some jealous people tonight. Get a life. Life goes on.”

A soccer fan, Jade Pallpret, voiced her anger:

In an attempt to show that he was not a racist, Chipperfield tweeted a picture of his mates, with whom he was watching the game:

However Leach persisted, sending a series of tweets of outstanding African footballers who had vastly more glittering careers than Chipperfield:

Yet it did not seem to affect Chipperfield, who suggested that he cared only about the Swiss lower league club.

“Life goes on. Politically correct or incorrect? All I care about is Aesch. Ausftieg. Rest can do what they want,” he tweeted.

Chipperfield, 38, was capped 68 times for the national side in a career that saw him play Champions League football at FC Basel and a pivotal role in Australia’s run to the last 16 at the 2006 World Cup.

He retired from the international game after Australia was eliminated from the 2010 tournament in South Africa.