You can flame me for this, but here's what I think of what happened last night:
I have never heard before at a Spanish arena the kind of noise or racist chants (whatever you call them) that was heard yesterday during the Spain Vs. England match. It's a real shame that a thing like that could happen in one of our top sports arenas, and of course it doesn't speak well about our supporters. However, I can't understand why are you so energic when calling Spaniards "racists" if we have in mind that none of that would have happened if the English tabloids had not tried to heat things up they way they did.
Ryanb741, I think you shouldn't generalize calling Spanish fans "racist scum" as there are more than 40 million people in this country and the few ones' behaviour last night was not "spontaneous"...btw it has been criticized by all means in Spain today.
Someone said that the lack of spectators yesterday at Bernabeu stadium could be a signal that the Spanish league is not attractive for people here. The truth is that unfortunately, the league here is more important than the national team for many people, and Madrid has never been very enthusiastic when it comes to the national team in particular. That's why the most important official matches are always played in Valencia or Sevilla.
btw I'm sorry this is in Spanish, but you should take a look at it.
P.S. could someone explain what happened betwen Jonathan Woodgate and a guy from Pakistan? I did not see it, but an English friend told me that there was a racist attack, is that right?
And in 1996, right before the England Vs. Spain game that was played in the unforgettable Wembley, English fans used to make fun of Spaniards, saying that "Spaniards allow mustache and beard to grow so they can look like their mothers".
Anyway, it's not my intention to fight with anyone here. And as a side note, England has always been my 2nd favourite national team (after Spain of course).
[Edited 2004-11-18 23:09:43]