“Racism will not suddenly disappear tomorrow. One day it will stop. It needs time and you cannot force it”.
Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana claims Europe’s top clubs haven’t signed him yet because of the colour of his skin, according to Marca.
He told Dutch newspaper Het Parool: “Along the way I have noticed: it is not easy for a black keeper to go further.
“In my first year at Ajax we reached the final of the Europa League.
He says he spoke to a club following his appearance Europa League final in 2017, but was told their fans would not accept him as their keeper. ‘It is not easy for a black goalkeeper to reach the top,’ he said. ‘They decided not to sign me because a black goalkeeper would be difficult for their followers.’
‘It wasn’t because they didn’t think I was good enough. I consider it a compliment.’
Onana went on to discuss racism in football in general.
‘Racism is there, I have to deal with it in almost every game away from home,’ he said. ‘But I’m not talking about it, I’m proud to be black. If you call me a derogatory word, fine. I don’t see a difference between black and white… if you do, that’s your problem.’
“I’ve been in Europe for twelve years. I live and work with people from all countries of the world, every colour imaginable.
Racism has been a big topic in football in 2019, with calls for governing bodies to clamp down harsher on discriminatory behaviour.
André Onana (born 2 April 1996) is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays for Dutch club Ajax and the Cameroon national team, as a goalkeeper.
The Ajax goalkeeper was in the running for the best goalkeeper award at last year’s Ballon d’Or ceremony after another stellar campaign in Amsterdam.