Nwakaeme: I Smile At Racists To Keep Them Quiet


Nigeria forward Anthony Nwakaeme has revealed his subtle approach to tackling racism in football, Completesports.com reports.

Nwakaeme has spent 11 years in Europe playing for clubs Romania, Israel and Turkey.

Currently in the books of Turkish Super Lig outfit Trabzonspor, Nwakaeme hinted that the best way to disarm any abusers is by smiling at them.

“Racism is in sports and growing bigger in football,” he told BBC Sport Africa.

“It will continue to spread everywhere and I can’t confidently say when it can be kicked out of football.”

The 32-year-old also recounted an incident in Israel during his stint with Hapoel Be’er Sheva which helped his perspectives against racism in football.

“I experienced racism few years ago when I played in Israel with my team [Hapoel Be’er Sheva] away to Maccabi Haifa,” he explained.

“Right there on the pitch, I decided I was not going to let those abusing me win.

“The Maccabi Haifa fans were making monkey noises and booing…

Source: Complete Sports