Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo has vowed to leave the pitch if he is racially abused again after his racism experience as a player in China.
During an interview with Sky Sports, Ighalo said he is prepared to walk off the pitch if he is subjected to racist abuse in Manchester United’s shirt, following his racism experience while in China.
He told Sky Sports;
If racism happens to me I would report it to the referee and see what they do, but if they do not take action about it then I am going to walk off because it should not be done to any player or anyone in the world.
The Nigerian who is currently on loan from Shanghai Shenhua in China to Manchester United, revealed he was called ‘all sorts of names’ by a Chinese opposition player during a match.
The former Watford striker revealed that he reported the incident to the Chinese Football Association, but claimed no action was taken so he decided to ‘let it go.’
Ighalo expressed that;
In one game in China I got called all sorts of names and after the game, I did not shake his hand. I walked straight into the dressing room, I was angry, I reported it to the Football Association.
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.
The 30-year-old also expressed his support for ongoing Black Lives Matter demonstration, following the killing of George Floyd, the black man who was murdered by a white cop in Minnesota.
Nobody should condone racism. 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.
The footballer stated that;
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.