- Stephen Appiah has finally given his thoughts about racism in football
- According to Appiah, the aim of the discriminatory act is to distract black players that pose a threat to their opposing teams.
- He made this known in an interview with South African journalist, Carol Tshabalala
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Former Black Stars captain, Stephen Appiah, has spoken for the first time about racism in football.
Appiah believes the aim of the discriminatory act is to distract black players that pose a threat to their opposing teams.
Currently, racism against black players, mainly in Europe, has seen a major rise in scrutiny following the global protests against racial injustices which were sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in the United States.
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In an interview with South African journalist, Carol Tshabalala, the former Juventus FC man stressed that the fans who engage in the discriminatory act do so on the basis of distracting black players who are a threat to their team.
"I’ve never experienced racism, but I’ve been in games where the opponent’s fans are trying to disturb [abuse] black players and all that.
"I think that at times they do when the player is a threat to them so they try to distract you and make you lose concentration so you can’t perform well.
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“For others too, that’s just how they are, it’s their habit. That’s how they see us [black players] and I think it’s very bad.
“For years, African players, South American players, players with brown skin; we have tried to send messages but it’s never changing.
“But personally, I’ve never experienced that.”
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A number of Ghanaian players, including Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari, have become victims of racist chants.
Appiah spent eight years in Italy playing for the likes of Udinese, Brescia, Parma, and Juventus in an illustrious career before leaving to join Turkish giants, Fenerbahçe, in 2005.
Meanwhile, André Ayew was on target for Swansea City in the English Championship.
Ayew's goal was not enough as his side settled for a 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, 15 July 2020.
He found the back of the net in the said game, which took his tally to 15 goals in the English Championship this campaign.
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