Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba reacts after lacking an opportunity throughout the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on December 26, 2019. Paul ELLIS / AFP
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has determined to make a private protest in opposition to racism following the continued “ignorance” demonstrated at soccer stadiums all through Europe.
The 26-year-old France star got here off the bench throughout United’s a 4-1 win win away to Newcastle on Thursday, when he wore black and white wristbands throughout the warm-up.
‘No to racism’ and ‘We are one’ learn the wristbands that Pogba requested his team-mates to affix him in sporting earlier than the match, with the World Cup winner then presenting his to a younger fan within the crowd.
Pogba later posted a picture of that second on Instagram with a Martin Luther King quote – “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that” – and the hashtag #NoToRacismWeAllOne.
“It was my idea to do that,” Pogba stated of the wristbands, in an interview with Britain’s Press Association information company.
“I mean, I’ve been thinking about doing this but I don’t want to go through the UEFA or the FIFA. I (have) done it myself.
“I think we have the chance to have this power to show things in football, on TV.
“People see it so I think that will make people understand some things.
“I think it’s ignorance. Ignorance and stuff like that, and just to show people that you are all one. We are all one.”
Pogba was subjected to racism on social media firstly of the season and he additionally talked about Antonio Rudiger after the Chelsea defender was subjected to alleged racist abuse at Tottenham final weekend.
“I mean, a lot of players in a lot of leagues — not only in Premier League, in Italy, Spain, everywhere — and we keep hearing this (racism),” stated Pogba.
“We are just football players, we want to enjoy that. The fans needs to enjoy coming and seeing some nice football and that’s it.”