Amid the celebrations of Saturday’s derby day win, it’s worth pointing out that the day wasn’t a perfect one, after a Manchester City fan was spotted racially abusing our players. After Fred had been pelted with bottles and coins as he went to take a corner, a City supporter was seen doing a monkey impression in the direction of the Brazilian.
“It is unfortunate that this happened,” Fred said in an interview with The National. “It also happened to me in Ukraine with some friends of mine. I only saw it after the game today. It’s sad. Skin colour should not matter. But we have to raise our heads, we cannot give them attention when there is so much beauty to see. It’s something difficult. We just want to play football, to do the best for our team and our supporters. It’s the same for both teams. You shouldn’t have to worry about what is happening outside the pitch but someone threw something at me and it hit me.”
“I’ve seen it on the video and the fella must be ashamed of himself,” Solskjaer said after the game. “It is unacceptable and I hope he won’t be watching any football any more.”
Marcus Rashford echoed the sentiments of his manager, noticing the spike in racist incidents taking place in football.
“The fact it is still happening is not good enough,” he said. “We seem to be speaking about it an awful lot over last six to eight months. Even speaking about it now is not nice. The necessary departments need to do the right things to stop it in the game. It is a big negative in the sport and the country.”
Gary Neville, in his role as a pundit for Sky Sports, was critical of Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the impact his racism has had on the country. The fact that the most powerful person in the country has repeatedly used discriminatory language when talking about Black people and Muslims speaks volumes, leading Neville to surmise it’s no wonder this societal issue is carried in to football stadiums.
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