Racism is a problem that has been in football for many years. Marco Materazzi has spoken at the Festival dello Sport 2021 organized by La Gazzetta dello Sport on the statements made by Lilian Thuram about this problem. The former Barcelona footballer said this Thursday: “White players must not remain silent in the fight against racism”. Some statements to which he responded Materazzi: “I am against racism, but Thuram never left the stadium when they sang Materazzi son of the f …. This is discrimination, for the whites, for the black and also for the son of the f …”.
Thuram He has already denounced racism on previous occasions. The former player, promoter of the foundation that bears his name in order to promote a non-xenophobic education, recalled in April that in his time as a player in Italy, at Juventus and Parma, “there were fans who made monkey noises” and he urged his teammates and the club to denounce them publicly. “Most of the players and managers told me ‘nothing’s wrong, it’s not serious.’ They didn’t realize that they participated in things not changing. That’s why things don’t change. ending racism has the prejudice that nothing happens and it is not serious “, he denounced.
He added that in Spain verified that “Calling a Negro ‘Negro’ is not racism, it is something cultural”. “But the interesting thing is that the same people do not say ‘eh blanco’. The people who must find solutions do not realize that they themselves are loaded with prejudice and do not understand that prejudice because it is cultural.”