Tuesday TV: Football Doc Explores Racism In Football

'Out Of Their Skin' shined a light on black footballers in Britain and the racial discrimination they've experienced

MUST WATCH: A new ITV4 documentary series Out Of Their Skin (Photo credit: ITV)

STARS SUCH as Viv Anderson and Paul Canoville revealed their views in a ITV documentary shown yesterday (Nov 27) called Out Of Their Skin, a documentary about black footballers in Britain, presented by former Arsenal striker and media commentator Ian Wright.

The programme explored issues such as the dearth of black managers and whether or not black players are judged by different standards to white players.

Out Of Their Skin included a poignant interview with former Arsenal
and Chelsea leftback Ashley Cole. Cole, revealed the booing he received during an England game in 2008 made him want to quit internationals because he felt his country ‘didn’t care’ about him.

He said: “I was like, Woah, is that really for me? For giving the ball away?’”he said.“At the time I thought, ‘I’m done’. Why am I gonna try to give my all to help a country that didn’t care? For me, it wasn’t football. That’s why I wanted to stop.”

The 37-year-old also outlined his thoughts on the treatment by England fans of Raheem Sterling. A key part of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, Sterling has constantly been booed by England fans.

Cole said: “I don’t see it going on with anyone else apart [from] with Ra- heem. There’s nothing else left apart from his colour – his skin colour.”

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