Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has spoken out about racism in football after Arsenal condemned the fan who racially abused Kalidou Koulibaly.
Racism. It’s everywhere. While the white men in the media discuss ways to rid the game of this scourge that has been reinvigorated by the Brexit debate, those actually fighting the problem know that it cannot be eliminated from the game until it is eliminated from society.
It is no coincidence that we are seeing a rise in racist incidents across football because that is also being reflected in ordinary life.
Football and society cannot, no matter how much the authorities would like to think otherwise, be separated.
Already this season at Arsenal we’ve had a banana skin thrown at Pierre-Emerick Aubamaeyang and now the club have turned to him to deliver a message about the incident on Thursday night.
“I am really disappointed about that,” Auba told the official Arsenal site.
“I had the same problem here against Tottenham. When you are black like me it is really painful, I think, because we are in 2019 and obviously it is not good for football in England. Hopefully, we will find a way to kick it out.”