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Thuram: players' strike awoke 'racism' in France

Thuram: players' strike awoke 'racism' in France

Former France defender Lilian Thuram says players on the national team have "awakened the underlying racism in society" with their strike at the World Cup.
Thuram, who said that France captain Patrice Evra should never play for the team again after the players boycotted a training session in South Africa, told Saturday's L'Equipe newspaper that the strike had a calamitous effect on French public opinion.
Thuram said French people could now easily make a "shortcut" and think that "all the problems result from the fact that there are too many blacks in the France team."
Thuram, a World Cup and European championship winner with France in 1998 and 2000, added that only the players "who ignited the move should be punished."


Updated : 2021-06-13 05:38 GMT+08:00