Odion Ighalo Vows to Take Action if Targeted With Racist Abuse Again

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 05: Odion Ighalo of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Aon Training Complex on June 05, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Manchester United attacker Odion Ighalo has vowed to take action by walking off the pitch if racially abused again.

Odion Ighalo to Take Action if Targeted With Racist Abuse Again

Racism a Global Problem Not Escaped by Football

Globally, racism is one of society’s most pressing issues, and recent protests demonstrate this.

When George Floyd was killed by two police officers in Minneapolis, there was outrage on social media. This then spread to the streets, as riots in protest of racism started.

Ighalo also weighed in on the matter, calling for “justice to be done”.

With these protests ongoing, footballers have got involved in the matter, many of whom have experienced racism themselves.

Italy’s Serie A has a huge problem with the issue, and as of yet have not taken any successful steps to fix it.

Other major instances of racism in football include England’s Euro qualification match against Bulgaria. The players were subject to large amounts of racist abuse from Bulgarian fans, which led to the match being stopped twice. UEFA then fined the Bulgarian FA, and the nation had to play their next two matches behind closed doors.

Ighalo’s Comments

Ighalo, who recently sealed an extension of his loan move at Manchester United, spoke to Sky Sports about his past experience with racism, and what he would do if racially abused again.

“If it [racial abuse] happens to me I would report it to the referee and see what they do, but if they don’t take action about it then I’m going to walk off because it should not be done to any player or anyone in the world.

“In one game in China I got called all sorts of names and after the game, I didn’t shake his hand. I walked straight into the dressing room. I was angry. I reported it to the FA. I didn’t press forward with it, I just let it go because I’m just this kind of guy. I don’t like to drag issues out. But I don’t think it should be condoned in any country.

“Nobody should condone racism. We are all human. Despite the colour of our skin, we are all the same, we live in the same world, the same life. ”

 

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