36-year-old footballer Yaya Toure has asked the international governing body to get really serious about the problem of racism in the game.
“This is a shame,” he was quoted by Goal.
“Why are you playing for England?”
“They are always talking, ‘Blah, blah, blah’, and what? Nothing changes,” he added.
“People from FIFA don’t care anyway because we’ve been talking about this, but it’s still continuing.”
“I don’t want to say that I’m not concerned, I’m concerned,” he commented.
“They have to be serious about it, players need to make serious moves about it otherwise [the racists] will continue to do that.”
He added: “They have to get the players out of the field.”
“I think I’ll finish in December or January, then go, have another challenge.”
“People are thinking that I’m done, but I’m not done yet,” he said.
“It’s been a nice experience because I’ve seen people with a different mentality from Europe – the way to play football, the way they feel and their behavior on the field.”
Toure concluded: “When I play in the stadiums, nobody boos me because I’m black, it’s a different culture, they respect.”
“In Europe, they respect nobody.”
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— Patrick Davison (@skysports_PatD) October 26, 2019