Fascinating stats on penalties and race by a Vox Day reader:
Your posts about the Euro final and black players not being composed under pressure got me thinking about historical penalty results for England. I went back to the 1996 Euro and compiled the data for their eight shootouts since that tournament.
Total: whites 24/31 (77%) vs blacks 2/9 (22%)
- 1996 Euro vs Spain (W)- whites 4/4, blacks N/A
- 1996 Euro vs Germany (L)- whites 5/6, blacks N/A
- 1998 WC vs Argentina (L)- whites 3/4, blacks 0/1
- 2004 Euro vs Portugal (L)- whites 4/5, blacks 1/2
- 2006 WC vs Portugal (L)- whites 1/4, blacks N/A
- 2012 Euro vs Italy (L)- whites 2/2, blacks 0/2
- 2018 WC vs Colombia (W)- whites 3/4, blacks 1/1
- 2021 Euro vs Italy (L)- whites 2/2, blacks 0/3
Not much of a sample size, but still interesting.
Ha, yep, the numbers don't look good. They didn't look good *before* Sunday's debacle (a couple of weeks ago I posted them at the bottom of page three of this thread) and now they look awful.
A first thing I'll say is that the samples, as you acknowledge, are tiny. With such scant information as is available it'd be possible to 'prove' all sorts of patently nonsensical theories, such as 'England in general miss often, but Gazza and Merson had perfect England shootout records - so we should only let alcoholics take penalties', etc etc.
An interesting aspect is that, even if black (English) players in truth aren't really worse at penalties, after this the pressure on them is going to be that bit worse, arguably much worse, meaning that history probably will repeat itself, if only for this (rather silly) reason.
A third point, I'm partly joking but only partly, how soon will it be before the first hot take from some well-meaning liberal type that penalty shootouts are inherently racist etc (like Wonderlic, etc etc) and that the only non-discriminatory means of deciding drawn matches would be something fairer such as, say, a length-of-pitch relay race to be run by each team's four fastest players? Spotter's badge for the first poster to find such an opinion.