LONDON (AP) -- Four-time African player of the year Samuel Eto'o has been honored for his work countering racism.
The 33-year-old former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker, who currently plays in Italy for Sampdoria, received the European Medal of Tolerance from the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation.
ECTR President Moshe Kantor says Eto'o was being honored because of his "devotion to combating manifestations of racism and intolerance" and for standing up to racists.
While playing for Barcelona in 2005, Eto'o was subjected to monkey chants by Zaragoza fans and threatened to walk off.
Cameroon's all-time leading goal-scorer said at a dinner at Kensington Palace in London: "Since that day, I decided to stand up and fight against all the abuses either in the stadium or outside the stadium."