Arsenal and England Legend Ian Wright Speaks On Racial Abuse By His Own Teammates

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has spoken out on the racial abuse that plagued the game during his time and the ones he received from his own teammates, according to the Mirror.

In a documentary on ITV, the legendary striker who turned out for Crystal Palace and Arsenal during his playing days recalled how common racism was during the early days of his career.

He recounted his experiences which included training sessions which were often blacks against whites.

While he had a very successful career, his revelations showed that it wasn’t all rosy in his early days as a young black footballer.

When I first signed for Palace I got abuse in the changing room. It was just an accepted thing to do that,” Wright recalled.

In training we played blacks against whites, people are flying in, flare-ups. A lot of the time the black guys won, you know. Some of the times there was friction.

“Black players had a submissive way about them, in a predominantly white environment. Somewhere along the line you’re going to be the butt of jokes.”

Other black England greats like Viv Anderson and Paul Ince also featured on the documentary and Wright credited the likes of John Barnes for being the catalyst to a change in attitude, as players were subjected to terrace taunts in those days.

Wright who is now 55, started his professional career at Palace and scored 90 goals in his six seasons there before moving to Highbury where he went on to become the club’s highest goal scorer, a record he kept until Thierry Henry surpassed his goal tally, he also won 33 caps for the English national team.

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