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Petit alleges racism in the Barca dressing room

Emmanuel Petit, Barcelona
5 Aug 2000: Emmanuel Petit of Barcelona during the match between Barcelona and Lazio in the Amsterdam Tournament at the Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill/ALLSPORT

Emmanuel Petit claims he experienced racism in the dressing room during his time at Barcelona.

Petit left Arsenal after three years in North London, for what was supposed to be his dream move.

That dream only lasted one year and was perhaps more of a nightmare.

Petit was a World Cup and European Championship winner with France, as well as a Premier League and FA Cup winner with Arsenal.

But his solitary season in Catalonia did not yield any kind of success.

In fact, in an interview reported by Marca, Petit confirms, he was fed up from the very beginning.

Petit sites racism in the dressing room among players as a key factor.

He said:

“I experienced racism.”

“I lived it in the Barcelona dressing room.”

“It may be shocking, but it happened every now and then, although with some players it happened quite frequently.”

“I arrived at a bad moment.”

“There was a war in the dressing room between Catalan and Dutch players.”

We also had [Lorenzo] Serra Ferrer as a coach, who didn’t have enough strength or the necessary charisma to manage the team.”

“Nationalism is close to racism. When I arrived they told me not to learn Spanish, to learn Catalan.”

“I told them that I was in Spain, and they told me that I was in Catalonia.”

“I got fed up with those things. “

Problems such as this will only add to the heightened tension in football right now surrounding the problem of racism.