Former French captain Lilian Thuram calls for action against racism in football

Lilian Thuram thinks racism must stop at the stadium door. That is the advice of the former French captain, who was the world player of the year with Marseille in 1997 and was part…

Former French captain Lilian Thuram calls for action against racism in football

Lilian Thuram thinks racism must stop at the stadium door.

That is the advice of the former French captain, who was the world player of the year with Marseille in 1997 and was part of a French national team that won the World Cup in 1998.

In his new book, “Brimful of Paris,” Thuram said: “In a man-made world, racism in sport remains everywhere. We have to stop it at the stadium door.”

The 46-year-old believes football authorities must do more to control racism on the pitch and stated: “African players are not only racist, they are violent.”

He added: “If these players know that these racists won’t shoot them, what can they do? We have to react.”

Some fans and coaches have been criticised for their lack of action to curb the kind of abuse that racist chants and bananas being thrown on the pitch get during matches.

Thuram told Le Parisien newspaper: “We need to put this issue into perspective because racism occurs throughout the world. It is important for us to be aware of this.”

Ahead of next year’s World Cup, Thuram added: “We need football leaders, not just artists, who know how to defend the rights of people who don’t have the privilege to defend themselves.”

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