Swansea City forward, Andre Ayew has come out to explain how he battled racist gestures during his time at Olympique Marseille.
The Ghanaian forward recently revealed that bananas were thrown from the stands during a game between Marseille and Zenit St. Petersburg, and it was not palatable.
According to him, racism should not even exist and football authorities must keep standing their foot on the ground to ensure it is banished completely.
He added that even if it will be difficult, as long as football lovers can keep believing, racism can be kicked out for good.
His words, “If you look back to the years before my dad’s time, it was even worse than now. These players like my dad paved the way for everyone to come in and prove that black people can do the job in Europe,”
“I remember playing in Russia in the Europa League versus [Zenit] St. Petersburg, getting bananas thrown everywhere.
“People have gone through worse, I’m talking about my personal experience, but I’ve seen friends going through things and I just feel like that’s not how it should be.
“We need to make sure that we stamp our foot on the floor and make sure that it changes. Nothing’s easy but we need to keep going and not give up in what we believe in. I think that can take the world to another level.”
“It’s going to be hard but if we all keep believing and feeling like everything we’re doing is right and for the right cause, then I think that we’ll make it,”
“Everything goes with a process. Start every day, move forward, higher and higher – and I feel like people are understanding what we mean.
“When I feel not only black people standing and talking about it, even white people, then you know that you’re starting to get somewhere.
“It’s going to be very hard but we need to keep believing in what we’re doing and get the equality that we want to get, that’s the main thing.
“At the end of the day, maybe this generation will not enjoy that equality but the next one will get it if we keep doing what we’re doing.”