Five sports documentaries to watch on BBC iPlayer
Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, we’re here to bring you five more sports stories you can watch on BBC iPlayer.
This week: a scandal that shook figure skating, personal testimonies from footballers on the receiving end of racial abuse, a touching tale about wrestling, bringing football back to Bury, and a tour with the Great Britain Lions.
Shame in The Game: Racism in Football
This BBC Three documentary came out in February 2020, but the experiences of Premier League players Anthony Martial, Axel Tuanzebe and Romaine Sawyers this week show it remains depressingly relevant.
The film is made up of personal testimonies from players at different levels of the men’s and women’s games in England. Among them, Inih Effiong describes fans making racist gestures at him while he played for Dover Athletic, and former Tottenham defender Renee Hector speaks about the horrific abuse she was sent after suffering the first recorded case of racist abuse in women’s professional football.
It shows the devastating impact the abuse can have on the players and their families, and asks what can be done to stop it.
Watch Shame in The Game: Racism in Football
By Ciaran Varley
Release Date: 30th January 2021