fans racially abused him before the game last weekend.
The French goalkeeper has become the latest victim of racism in football that seems
to get worse.
Juventus fans reportedly abused him during the warmup for the crunch match at the
It isn’t the first time that fans of an Italian club have abused a player and Maignan
admits it won’t be the last.
Mike Maignan says he remains proud of being a black man but insists that as long as
the cases are treated in isolation, the menace will continue.
Juventus ultras have promised that they will fish out the fans who abused him and
punish them, but this will probably not be enough.
The Milan goalkeeper took to his Twitter account to release a firm statement which
“Sunday night, at the Allianz Stadium, some Juventus fans threw racist insults and
chants around me.
“What do you want me to say? Do you want me to say that racism is bad and that
these fans are stupid? It’s not about that.
“I am not the first and I won’t be the last player who will experience that. As long as
we will look at what happened as ‘isolated incidents,’ history will repeat itself again,
and again, and again.
“What do we do to fight racism in the football stadium? Do we really believe it is
effective? I am in a Club that strives to be a leader in opposing every type of
discrimination. But we need to do more and all united in this battle against a societal
issue bigger than football itself.
“Do the people who make decisions know what it feels to hear insults that portray us
as animals? Do they know what it does to our family, to our relatives who just can’t
understand why these things keep happening in 2021?
“I am not a ‘victim’ of racism. I am Mike, standing up, black and proud. As long as we
will be able to raise our voice and make a difference, we’ll do it.”
Most of us will agree that racism must be eradicated from football and the words of
Maignan is strong and hopefully will make a bit of a difference.