VIEWS: Edgar Davids
FORMER HOLLAND international midfielder Edgar Davids has thrown his weight behind the proposed black players union support-network, should the heavily mooted idea come to fruition.
The ex-Juventus and Ajax player told the Voice of Sport that he saw no negative connotations with black players forming their own group with the intention of aiding the Football Association, Premier League and Professional Footballers’ Association in their fight against racism.
Davids, 39 – who was capped 74 times by his country from 1994 to 2005 - said that it was important that those who are not subjected to racism should not dictate the way forward and called for a collaborative effort to tackle the scourge.
“I see people talk who can’t judge. If you haven’t experienced [racism] you can’t imagine,” said the Champions League winner.
“Those people should talk to the people who have been racially abused, that would be one of at least two requirements. You can’t have people imagining what the problem is like and then deciding how best to move forward.”
The Barnet captain and coach says that back in the day he was forced to keep silent during instances where he was racially abused, a situation which, he said, was “frustrating” but “just the way it was”.
He added that the proposed union would help football’s powers galvanise a better understanding to the issues surrounding racism.
He said: “I don’t see why it would be a negative thing, but it has to be a joint venture. Don’t start splinter groups because you have to help each other.
“If one side is doing this and another is doing that, then before you know it they are against each other or you have a stand off. The bottom line is both parties want to solve the problem.”
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