Hamilton striker recalls his racism nightmare in Kazakhstan
Hamilton striker Mickael Antoine-Curier has lifted the lid on his racism hell in Kazakhstan.
The 30-year-old marked the start of his third spell with Accies by scoring the goal which dumped Kilmarnock out of the League Cup on Tuesday night.
But the Guadaloupe international is still recovering from a nightmare four months with Atyrau, where he was shunned by his team-mates, spat on by opposing fans and refused accommodation because of the colour of his skin.
Antoine-Curier said: “I had a really bad experience in Kazakhstan – racism to the max. I never want to go in that country ever again. It wasn’t just the away fans, there was racism from everybody.
“Some of our fans contacted the chairman and told him they didn’t want black players in the team.”
However, it wasn’t just on the pitch that Antoine-Curier had problems.
He said: “I was also told I could get an apartment and when I got there the owner said, ‘No, he can’t have it, I didn’t know he was black, I don’t want him staying here’.
“So I didn’t have a house and ended up stuck in a room that was 15 square metres. I was locked in there for 22 hours of the day because nobody could speak English, and no one would touch me or even come near me because I’m a coloured person.
“I never want to go back there. It was the worst four months of my life. I was called a monkey and people spat at me when I went close to the touchline.
“My team-mates were nice to me at first when we were at a training camp in Turkey. However, as soon as we touched down in Kazakhstan they stayed away from me. Obviously, they didn’t want to be seen with a black man.”
From Scottish Express