Photo: Maignan issues powerful response to racist abuse – “I am Mike, standing, black and proud”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan has issued a public response to the racial abuse he suffered from Juventus fans.

There was a very sour incident during the warm-ups of Juventus vs. Milan on Sunday night as Mike Maignan was subject to some appalling abuse. A video emerged showing a Juventus fan hurling a barrage of racial insults at Maignan, using terms such as ‘negro’ and ‘monkey’ within earshot of the French goalkeeper.

It understandably provoked an angry and disgusted response on social media, with an investigation now underway. Now, Maignan has responded on social media…

“On Sunday evening at Allianz Stadium, Juventus supporters targeted me with racial slurs and cries. What do you want me to say? That racism is wrong and that these supporters are stupid? It’s not about that. I am neither the first nor the last player to have this happen. As long as these events are treated as ‘isolated incidents’ and no comprehensive action is taken, history is bound to repeat itself over and over and over again.

“What are we doing to combat racism in football stadiums? Do you really believe it’s effective? I am in a club that strives to lead the way by opposing all forms of discrimination. But we need to be more numerous and to be united in this battle for society which goes beyond football.

“In the proceedings, do the people who decide know what it feels like to hear insults and cries relegating us to the rank of animals? Do they know what it does for our families, for our loved ones who see it and who do not understand that it could still happen in 2021?

“I am not a ‘victim’ of racism. I am Mike, standing, black and proud. As long as we can give our voice to change things, we will.”

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9 Comments

  1. RocketRacoon says:

    Proud of you Mike ❤️🖤

  2. Wyse says:

    I’m not only proud of his sporting ability, but his personality.
    Milan really has a whole lot of guyz with great personality.
    Keep it up Magic Mike, we the Milan fans got your back.

  3. Paul scholes says:

    Been born black or white is a blessing from God pig headed juve fan
    Great Mike we stand by you
    Forza Milan
    Forza Mike🖤💪

    1. Haruna Garba says:

      You are wonderfull too.

  4. Legepoly says:

    We’re blessed to have you in our beloved team. kip on bro proud to be a black man Mike magic, magnet magic 🙉🙉🙉

  5. Agustinar says:

    Mike has great personality. Let’s kick racistm out off football !

  6. Mohamed says:

    Magic mike you are one strong man and am so proud of you .. don’t let some idiots discourage you bro..

  7. Vrizk says:

    Mike is born to be legend. Stay here, keep improve, win silverware, and retired that number 16

  8. Joe101 says:

    racism is dumb

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