Yaya Toure played for Metalurh Donetsk in Ukraine, and he was constantly abused for the colour of his skin.
Ivory Coast international midfielder Yaya Toure played in Ukranian club Metalurh Donetsk from 2003 to 2005.
There he was a regular in the team’s squad, as he played in the Vyshcha Liha and the UEFA Europa League.
But he was also constantly on the receiving end of racist abuse.
“First I felt humiliated and then very angry,” Toure told The Mirror.
“The monkey chants were worse than anything.”
“I had to get used to it. I’d try to play football and the fans would sing: ‘Black s***!, Black ****!, Go back home!’,” he explained.
“It was hard. Very difficult. And I had to keep going back to it. Every game. Sometimes it was the fans of my own team doing it.”
“I remember calling my father. I told him: ‘They have been doing the monkey chants in front of me. Papa, I feel very bad!’,” he commented.
“He told me to go and play. To be strong. He didn’t want it to affect me but he didn’t realize how badly I was already affected.”
“Then, one day he came to watch me. He went to sit down. All the white people moved away from him. They went to sit somewhere else,” the midfielder added.
“He asked me: ‘What happened? Do I smell bad?’”
“I told him: ‘Papa, do you remember when I called you and I told you about the people singing the monkey chants and you told that I had to accept it? To suffer?’,” he said.
“He said to me: ‘Yes son, it’s very bad.’ He was so angry.”
“Even if you prepare yourself for it, when you get it you are still shocked. That’s why I was surprised that Raheem Sterling stayed so calm. He is like my little brother. When you have seen what he has done he is surely the Footballer of the Year,” Toure concluded.