Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo says he is prepared to walk off the pitch if he is racially abused again in his career , after revealing he was called “ all sorts of names ” by an opposition player in China.
Ighalo reported the abuse to the Chinese FA but after no action was taken he decided to “ let it go . ”
The 30- year – old, who has called for “ justice to be done ” following George Floyd ’ s death in US police custody , now says he would be ready to take further action should he be subjected to racist abuse on the football pitch.
“If it 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 , ” he told Sky Sports News.
“ 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. ”
Global protests have been ongoing since Floyd , a 46 – year -old black American , died when a white policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes .
It has sparked tributes and messages of defiance across the sporting world .
On Monday , Liverpool became the first Premier League side to take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement .
England and Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings joined protests in Birmingham on Thursday .
“ Nobody should condone racism , ” said Ighalo .
“ We are all human .
Despite the colour of our skin, we are all the same , we live in the same world , the same life .
“ I don’ t condone racism , but at the same time , I don’ t condone riots.
“It didn’ t start today , it ’ s not going to end today .
It ’ s going to take time .
We are hoping this situation can change the narrative and make it more limited.
It ’ s going to reduce it to a minimum .
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“ We are fighting now so that for the next generation it will be cut off , finally .
“ We have to start from the younger generation , educate them , let them see that all humans are the same .
We should fight for humanity not colours . ”
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