Black goalkeeper snubbed because of his colour

Ajax star says: 'They decided not to sign me because it would be difficult for their followers'


ANDRE ONANA has spoken of some of the difficulties of being a black footballer.

The Ajax goalkeeper claims Europe’s top clubs haven’t signed him yet because of the colour of his skin, according to Marca the respected Spanish national daily sport newspaper.

He says he spoke to a club following his appearance in the Europa League final three years ago, but was told their fans would not accept him as their keeper. 

He revealed: “It is not easy for a black goalkeeper to reach the top. They decided not to sign me because a black goalkeeper would be difficult for their followers.

“It wasn’t because they didn’t think I was good enough. I consider it a compliment.”

However, the Cameroon-born, 23, ace does not feel that players should leave the field if they are subjected to racial abuse.

“That’s what they want. I don’t want to give racists what they want. Racism is there, I have to deal with it in almost every game away from home,’ he said.

“But I’m not talking about it, I’m proud to be black. I don’t see a difference between black and white… if you do, that’s your problem.”

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  1. | Harshad Dave

    Has Onana considered coming to England? If not somebody should tell him he is welcome – and point out that the first black professional goalkeeper to play in the football league, Arthur Wharton, did so in the 1880s.


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