Kick It Out trustee Garth Crooks reacts to Mourinho and Wenger comments
Kick It Out trustee Garth Crooks says he is ‘desperately disappointed’ that Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho haven’t immediately come in support of Yaya Toure’s ultimatum to UEFA.
The Manchester City midfielder warned UEFA that black players may boycott the Russia 2022 World Cup unless the country effectively deals with racism at football matches.
The Ivorian was on the receiving end of racist abuse from the home fans, as Manchester City faced CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on 23 October.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho sympathised with Toure’s demand for UEFA to tackle racism, however, believes boycotting the World Cup is not the correct approach. Arsene Wenger feels that such action should be avoided as the evidence of the night has “not been proven”.
“How many more times are black players going to have to suffer this nonsense in order to play football,” Crooks said. “For Wenger to ask for further evidence is extraordinary given the fact that Yaya heard the evidence reported and his club have backed their captain on the night.”
“I am equally disappointed with Jose Mourinho’s comments, about how he feels that black players should go into a hostile racial environment in order to show them how good they are.”
He added: “Now there is a man who has never had to suffer racial abuse.”
The former Tottenham Hotspur forward believes the comments were unhelpful and is disappointed that such high profile managers did not support Yaya Toure.
“I really expected modern managers such as Wenger and Mourinho to support Toure and other Premier League players.”
He concluded: “If that is the best they can say on this issue, I suggest they stick to what they know.”