Mario Bawuah Balotelli has joined a group of active and former footballers of African descent namely Patrick Vieira and Samuel Eto’o in a documentary aimed at fighting against racism in the beautiful game of football.
Patrick Vieira, was part of the France team that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Samuel Eto’o Fils from Cameroon who made the headlines for attempting to stage walk-out strike during his playing days at Barcelona over racial chants are the notable names starring in the documentary.
Mario Balotelli will also play a major role in the French documentary titled ‘I am not a monkey.’
The programme will be shown on Canal+ on January 6 and clips have been released in advance.
They include an interview with Italy international Balotelli, who comments on the abuse he received including some abuse in his own homeland.
“I have nothing against monkeys,” he shrugs. “In fact, I can 100 percent tell you that monkeys are more intelligent than them (racists).”
The documentary ‘Je ne suis pas un singe’ translated to mean 'I am not a monkey', was made by Marc Sauvourel and former Roma midfielder Olivier Dacourt.
Many footballers of African descent have suffered various forms of abuse while plying their trade in foreign countries.
Some of these players have had abusive words used on them and even had objects like bananas thrown at at to signify that they were monkeys.
Many of these footballers at one point in their careers were among the highest-earning members of their teams and are noted as some of the richest footballers in Africa.
Ghanaian born Italian Mario Balotelli is one of the players who has consistently suffered from racism.
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