UEFA president Ceferin ashamed of racism in football

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.

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“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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