John Barnes has been highly critical of Jadon Sancho and his attitude towards racism.
The retired Liverpool legend and England international has publicly declared Jadon Sancho’s “falling out of love with football” comments as ridiculous.
After a recent rise in racial attacks targeting footballers, including Tammy Abraham, Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford. Racism is a topic at the forefront of football.
In an interview with Talksport, Barnes thinks the fight against racism is being tackled the wrong way and some footballers attitude is not helping.
“It’s impossible to get it out of the game as long as it exists in all walks of society.”
“As with homophobia and sexism, you can’t target anyone industry.”
“You can’t target Hollywood with Harvey Weinstein and say, ‘well if he goes to prison there’s got to be no more sexism.”
“It’s ridiculous. We’re doing this the wrong way round!”
“These incidents will keep on happening until we get rid of racism in society. It exists in all walks of society, in which football is just one.”
The former Liverpool man undoubtedly faced racism at a time when the public prospective was considerably less protective and helpful to those facing the attacks.
As for Sancho’s comments he could not disagree more and wonders if the player could cope with the racism faced in a life outside of football.
“You love football because of the game, not because of some idiot who is going to shout at your from across the street.”
“If Jadon is going to fall out of love with football, let him give up football and let him go into the real world.”
“As a young black man without an education and without being able to play football, then he’ll see what it’s really like to be a black person who is racially abused.”
“As much as footballers want to talk about how terrible it is for them, look at what’s happening in the black community of kids without an education and who haven’t got jobs.”
“If he thinks that’s bad [the abuse of footballers], let him go into the real world and see what real discrimination is about.”
“We’re now coming full circle.”
“We’re trying to get something to change so let’s get these black superstar footballers to tell us what we should do and tell us how terrible it is for them.”
“What they should do is use their voice to talk about discrimination where it really hurts people in the inner cities with kids who can’t get jobs or opportunities.”
Barnes also doesn’t believe for a minute Sancho would give up the money and lifestyle he has become accustomed from football because of racism.
“He’s signed a nice new contract, is he willing to give that contract up because he’s falling out of love with football?”
“I don’t think he is.”
“Let’s not get it blown out of proportion.”