Samuel Eto’o, Alexandre Song and their colleagues from the Cameroon national team take the lead in the anti-racism campaign organised by the professional footballers’ association of their country, Synafoc.
'I call on the executives of the football world to take draconian measures to block the advance of racism', is the clear message of Samuel Eto’o, who has never shied away from the fight against racism and discrimination. As a Barcelona player he once threated to walk off the pitch, due to the monkey chants by some spectators.
The current Chelsea striker and captain of Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions is one of many international players who speak out against racism, to support the initiative by Synafoc. They raised their voices in the Yaoundé training camp, where they had gathered preparing for the decisive second World Cup play-off match against Tunisia on November 17.
During their career as a professional footballer, many of the players have been racially abused on multiple occasions. Of them, Allan Romeo Nyom is the latest victim. On October 26th the Granada player had to endure monkey chants by some Elche fans.
It was one of the reasons that Synafoc and the Cameroon national team players decided to publicly raise this serious issue, even in the midst of two very significant matches. 'Everyone feels they are involved, and everyone is showing the same determination, the same willingness and the same commitment to struggle effectively against this human stupidity that is poisoning their sport', said Synafoc spokesman Jacques Marcel Itiga.
All players showed racism the red card, many adding a statement.
Pierre Achille Webo (Fenerbahçe, Turkey): 'It's virtually impossible for a footballer to take pleasure in a stadium where he can hear racist chants.'
Charles Itandje (Konyaspor, Turkey): ‘The struggle against racism should be everyone's business.’
Jean II Makoun (Stade Rennes, France): 'All these monkey chants we frequently hear in the stadiums are very insulting and inhuman.'
Nicolas Nkoulou (Olympique Marseille, France): 'I say bravo, Synafoc, for this fighting campaign against racism.'
Alexandre Song (Barcelona, Spain): 'We have to combat with force and determination all these people who contaminate football.'
Aurélien Chedjou (Galatasaray, Turkey): ‘This scourge is getting worse. That's why we have to act fast and with determination.’
Eyong Enoh (Ajax, Netherlands): 'I'm proud to join Synafoc and FIFPro in saying stop to racism.'
Eric Choupo-Moting (FSV Mainz 05, Germany): ‘Racism is a piece of stupidity!’
A couple of days after starting the campaign, Cameroon qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by beating Tunisia 4-1. Webo and Makoun (2) scored three of the four goals.
- Published: 22 November 2013