'It has to stop': Sancho from England fears that racism will ruin football
LONDON: England star Jadon Sancho He fears that players lose their love for football unless racist abuse is eliminated.
Inter de Milan striker Romelu Lukaku He was the last victim on Sunday when the former Manchester United player was subjected to monkey songs before receiving a penalty in Cagliari.
Sancho's teammate in England, Marcus Rashford of Manchester United Paul Pogba and Chelsea duo Tammy Abraham and Kurt Zouma have suffered social media abuse since the beginning of the season.
Several black players from England were also targeted by racist teasing during a Euro 2020 Cup qualifier in Montenegro in March.
The end of Borussia Dortmund, Sancho, an unused substitute for England that night, is horrified.
It just has to stop. No player wants to play football and have abuse like that, Sancho told reporters after arriving in England on Monday.
It puts the confidence in the players and the love for the sport will leave very soon if it does not stop. I think everyone should be happy and do what they are doing without receiving racist abuse.
Anti racism Activists Kick It Out and the Association of Professional Footballers had separate meetings with Twitter last week, while Manchester United and Chelsea plan to meet with the social media platform to discuss racist abuse.
Sancho, 19, does not believe the problem is restricted to the Internet and asked fans to show more respect.
I don't think they are social networks. Some fans are really passionate and obviously just say what they want to say, Sancho said.
I feel they need to slow down a bit, we are still human.
Because we play football, people might think we are famous and ignorant of that, but we just love sports and just want to play football. It's hard to see things like this because it feels like, 'Why should we play football? '
I felt that Romelu Lukaku handled it very well by not reacting and just carrying on playing.