- Ansu Fati had a great match in the Champions League against Ferencvaros
- His performance was commented on by a journalist from the “ABC” daily, who compared him to … a street trader
- Outrage was expressed by a colleague of the young footballer from Barcelona, Antoine Griezmann, and the club announces a lawsuit against the journalist
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Fati played a great match against the Hungarian team on Tuesday – he scored two goals and was recognized by UEFA as the player of the match. “ABC” columnist Salvador Sostres made a scandalous comment on the performance of the young Catalan Duma player.
“The Ansu Run had something like a gazelle or a young black street trader who, shouting” water, water “, escapes from the municipal police through Passeo de Garcia (one of the most popular streets in Barcelona – editor’s note)” – wrote the columnist. – These are wild pictures in the city center. Unfortunately, now rare, because Ada Colau (the mayor of Barcelona) prefers to treat policemen as criminals rather than sellers who do not need to be afraid anymore – he added.
The journalist’s statement caused outrage. Fati’s club mate Antoine Griezmann commented it sharply. “Ansu is a unique boy who deserves respect, as every human being. Not for racism and such unacceptable statements,” he wrote on Twitter. The French forward was backed by former excellent striker Gary Lineker, who shared Griezmann’s post with the comment: “That’s right.”
As reported by “El Mundo Deportivo”, Barcelona bosses intend to sue the journalist and his newspaper, refusing to accept such treatment of their player.
UEFA may also be interested in the matter, because one of the organization’s watchwords in relation to the competition it organizes is “Not for racism”. The slogan is present in almost all materials and the envelope of matches on the European arena.
This is not the first time that racist behavior affects even football stars. Last November, Mario Balotelli insulted the president of Brescia, where the attacker was then. “He is black, he tries to whiten himself, but it does not work out” – commented the poor form of the player in the next few matches. The recording caused outrage. In the commentary to the case, the club’s representatives stated that it was supposed to be a joke that would take pressure off the player, for whom there are high expectations.
Inter Milan star Romelu Lukaku, who was insulted in the Serie A match, also “deserved” insult by fans. – Football should be a sport that makes everyone happy and we should not accept any form of discrimination that we must be ashamed of. I hope that all federations in the world will react firmly to all manifestations of racism, he said, stressing that the issue was universal and unfortunately too weakly stigmatized.
In the England team’s match with Bulgaria in October 2019, Raheem Sterling was insulted by the fans for almost the entire match. “I regret that the Bulgarians are represented by such idiots in their stadium,” he wrote after the match in which he scored two goals, the star of the national team and Manchester City.
A dozen or so months ago, there was also a scandal in a Dutch league match, when Rotterdam, insulted by fans, Ahmad Mendes Moreira from Excelsior, decided to leave the field. Attacks on black players also happened in Poland. Their addressees were, among others Emmanuel Olisadebe and Manuel Arboleda.
Fati didn’t respond to Sostres’s words. He commented on his performance in a modest way. – I’m happy, but far from being a star. I would like to thank my colleagues for giving me the comfort of the game against Ferencvaros – he explained. – We are very lucky that Leo Messi stayed with us. He is an extremely valuable player and I can learn from him – he added.
17-year-old Fati breaks into the Barcelona team by storm. He made his debut for the Catalan side against Betis Sevilla last season, scoring a total of seven goals. He has already scored three hits in the Champions League: with Inter Milan and two with Ferencvaros.