UEFA president Ceferin ashamed of racism in football

TALLINN, ESTONIA - AUGUST 15: UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin looks on during the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at Lillekula Stadium on August 15, 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
TALLINN, ESTONIA - AUGUST 15: UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin looks on during the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at Lillekula Stadium on August 15, 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Three England national team players were all subject of racist abuse in the 5-1 European qualifier win over Montenegro last week.

During their 5-1 victory Montenegro, England national team’s Raheem Sterling, Danny Rose, and Callum Hudson-Odoi were subjected to racist abuse in Podgorica last week.

And today, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said he felt ashamed of the recent incidents.

“I am ashamed, ashamed that in 2019 we have to hold a conference to promote diversity,” Ceferin told ITV News.

“I am ashamed that here in Europe, not a weekend goes by without discriminatory acts taking place at a football stadium, amateur level or professional level.”

“I am ashamed to see extremist movements use our sport as a vehicle for their messages of hatred and intolerance,” he added.

“A stadium must not or never be a forum where people are able to express their sickening fascist nostalgia.”

“When Raheem Sterling, Danny Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi speak with such maturity and eloquence, we must listen, we must respond – and we must not let them down,” English Football Association chairman Greg Clarke added.

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 22: General view of the UEFA Champions league logo during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Paris Saint-Germain and Celtic FC at Parc des Princes on November 22, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Venkatesham makes sure Arsenal’s voice is heard

The Gunners' managing director says his team is concerned about anything that could damage the English Premier League.

“We must do more in England, and more across Europe, and we must do this together.”

“That’s the strong leadership we need to ensure we really do have an equal game,” he continued.

“Now we must put some concrete actions in place.”

Recently Yaya Toure has spoken about the topic, as he also explained how he received the same treatment by the fans of his own club while playing in Ukraine.

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