EMMANUEL FRIMPONG has insisted a lack of diversity is the reason behind football’s failure to tackle racism.
The former Arsenal midfielder claimed all of the decision-makers at the top of game are “white men” that will be unable to pass judgement if they have never been racially abused.
He told the Guardian: “The point that all those at the top – Fifa, Uefa, whoever makes the decisions – are white men.
“I don’t blame them personally but how can somebody feel your pain if they’ve never been in that situation?
“Most of these people have never been racially abused; they don’t know what it feels like so any punishment they give comes form their world, not understanding the black person’s point of view.
“If things are to change then the committees need to be full of people with different backgrounds.
“How are they going to pass judgement on these people if they haven’t been on the end?
“How would you feel if you came to Africa, full of black people, and were abused? You’d think, ‘My God, I need to get out of here.’
“Players don’t deserve to play the game they love and get abused for it, but in the end what’s changing?
“Nobody is doing anything. Countries can get fined €10,000 for racist chanting and it’s embarrassing.”
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