‘I’d try to play football and the fans would sing: “Black s***!, Black ****!, Go back home”‘: Yaya Toure reveals the racism he faced as a player in Ukraine — even from his OWN fans
- Ex-Premier League midfielder Yaya Toure moved to Metalurh Donetsk in 2003
- He was confronted by terrible abuse from supporters in the stadiums there
- Toure admitted he ended up speaking to his father about how severe it was
- The Ivorian played for Manchester City in the Premier League for eight years
Former Premier League midfielder Yaya Toure has discussed the racist abuse he faced as a 20-year-old while playing in Ukraine — including from his own fans.
The Ivorian, who starred for Manchester City across eight years with the club, played for Ukranian team Metalurh Donetsk for two years after joining in 2003 and was confronted by terrible abuse from fans in the stadiums there.
And he admitted that it had even led to him speaking to his father about how severe the chanting had been.
Yaya Toure has discussed the racist abuse he faced as a 20-year-old while playing in Ukraine
Toure (center) chasing after the ball while playing for Metalurh in the UEFA Cup in 2004
TOURE’S CAREER CV
2003-05: Metalurh Donetsk
2010-18: Manchester City
Toure told the Mirror: ‘First I felt humiliated and then very angry. The monkey chants were worse than anything.
‘I had to get used to it. I’d try to play football and the fans would sing: ‘Black s***!, Black ****!, Go back home!’
‘It was hard. Very difficult. And I had to keep going back to it. Every game. Sometimes it was the fans of my own team doing it.
‘I remember calling my father. I told him: ‘They have been doing the monkey chants in front of me. Papa, I feel very bad!’
‘He told me to go and play. To be strong. He didn’t want it to affect me but he didn’t realize how badly I was already affected.
The midfielder, pictured playing in Donetsk, revealed he had faced racial abuse during games
The former Manchester City man said fans would sing: ‘Black s***!, Black ****!, Go back home!’
‘Then, one day he came to watch me. He went to sit down. All the white people moved away from him. They went to sit somewhere else.’
Toure then suggested his dad thought he had smelled, with the former Barcelona man having to explain to him that it was another strand of the racism.
And finally, son and father both came to an agreement that the racism had been very bad — and despite expecting it, it was still a shock.
Toure even told his father how severe the chanting against him had been during the games
Toure went on to play 33 times for Metalurh Donetsk, staying for two seasons before moving to Olympiacos.
He impressed there and moved to Monaco before joining Barcelona. While with Barcelona, he won the Champions League and La Liga twice, along with the Copa del Rey and the Club World Cup.
Manchester City would sign him for £24million and he would go on to become one of the most successful players in the club’s history, winning the Premier League three times and the FA Cup before leaving last summer.
He is currently without a club after leaving Olympiacos after a second spell there in December.
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