Karembeu believes that this incident is not a Greek phenomenon as the racial discrimination is a huge problem affecting the society in general.
Karembeu's statement was:
“Racism is not an issue which is specific to Greece or the rivalry between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos; it is basically a continuous problem in our society today and which we must eradicate through unity rather than division.
The sad events of last week in Athens are not so much about the strong rivalry; it is more like a mirror of the problems of discrimination and intolerance we face across Europe and beyond.
There were other incidents recently around football matches: in Rome, Paris and Rotterdam, to name a few, so we can see that the problem is the same everywhere and concerns everybody.
Οur best response is to unite and promote messages of inclusion, education and respect. For example, UEFA has recently created new campaigns and initiatives to help spread a positive message; for example the 'Captains of Change' program for which I am an ambassador.
The idea here is to select a number of key decision-makers in different European football federations and help them create awareness for the issues of discrimination in their respective markets thanks to specific projects.
The most important thing is to make the elite recognize the problem; and then only discuss the possible solutions.