The 20-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoi became a strong attack force for Chelsea and attracted the attention of many giant football clubs. The youngster is also known for actively raising his voice against racism.
Many players have been the subject of racist abuse from fans and some social media sites, and many Premier League squads also joined the fight against racism. Recently, Reece James of Chelsea was also a target of racist comments, which enraged the club owner Roman Abramovich.
Callum Hudson-Odoi opens up about racism in the sport
The young winger from Lampard’s squad talked about their love for the sport and giving them every ounce to do better, yet have to face racist comments from fans, criticizing them over the skin-color instead of the game. Therefore, it’s important to come out and speak regarding the issue to prevent this from happening again. Meanwhile, some make the issue worse and criticize the players more regarding their color.
Callum reported to Premier League, “It’s the sport that we all love to watch and love to play in. So when we are receiving stuff like that, we feel like it’s embarrassing to us.
“We’re playing our hearts out and try and play the game as much as possible to try and win games, and if then if we don’t win or do something wrong we’re receiving bad things from other people.”
“So it does help times when you talk about it, because people start to realize that it’s not right at the same time, but there are times when people feel like it’s an advantage for them to carry on and try and make you feel more down about yourself, or make you feel a type of way about your skin color or something like that.” further added the Englishman.
🗣 'It made me very upset and angry and I think we can do a lot more to help put an end to it'@reecejames_24 and @Calteck10 speak openly about racism and online abuse#NoRoomForRacism pic.twitter.com/mscMvCTSTZ
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 20, 2021
The young Britton once sat with a former Blue player, Paul Canoville, the first black player in the Stamford Bridge squad, and a victim of racism in 1980. The Chelsea Legend talked about being abused by his own side, which shocked Callum. Consequently, the 20-year-old Brit felt weird about receiving such harsh comments from the very side that you are playing for.
Callum believes racism and online abuse are not only restricted to England and Europe, but many people around the world are ready to judge you on the basis of skin-color. Thus, the young winger will keep fighting against racism and keep sharpening his skill at the same time. Chelsea will face Sheffield United at FA Cups’ quarterfinals prior to the match against Porto in the UCL quarterfinals.
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