Patrice Evra speaks out on racist abuse and how to combat it
In the wake of the racism scandal, Tottenham midfielder and France international C André Ayew has been critical of the culture at his club, which he has described as ‘unacceptable’.
But it turned out that Evra was also not immune to it either, after he spoke out about his experiences and how he overcame it.
The midfielder, who has enjoyed a highly successful career at the club, was speaking at the end of a week-long forum at the London headquarters of the Royal British Legion.
He told the forum that he believes racism has ‘no place in football’, as the sport is a ‘passionate sport’ which ‘needs to be free from racial hatred’.
Evra said: ‘I’m not surprised that people say you have no option but to boycott. They say that it is impossible to do this. I will never be able to say that racist remarks are allowed in football.
‘Football is a passion and it needs to be free from racist attitudes and actions. I will not apologise for that, and I don’t care what people say. It is never going to be me who will ever be a racist.
‘I don’t want to think that I’m the only person that does not respect the colour of my skin.’
He added: ‘The problem is that the players are very close to the club and are involved in a very special and influential role.
‘For many, if we think about the way they behave and the racist jokes that they hear from other players, it’s like a second family.
‘We are the family, so we have to be tolerant and love each other as well.
‘It’s not what we should do, but what we’re not going to be able to do is to just turn a blind eye. That’s not going to be a possibility in football.’
The French captain, who has won three Premier League titles and an FA Cup with Tottenham and won two European Golden Shoe awards,