Former international Victor Ikpeba has declared that the problem of racism in football can only be reduced but cannot be eradicated.
The former Monaco and Borussia Dortmund ace noted that the vice has eaten deep into the fabrics of some people that it will be easier for the camel to pass through the eye of the needle than to have it eradicated completely.
He made the submission while reacting to racist remarks directed at Manchester City star Raheem Sterling by 60 year old Chelsea fan from Beckenham, Colin Wing.
Ikpeba a regular on he Monday Night football, said many footballers across the globe experience it but just manage to live with it. “It is always there and many footballers experience it. It cannot really be eradicated it can only be reduced,” he submitted
Sterling who has so far scored 39 goals for the Citizens in over 110 appearances maintained he had to raise alarm over the incident not only for his own sake but for the sake of younger players who are likely to face the same embarrassment in future.
Although die-hard Chelsea fans Colin Wing has apologised for the act, the soccer world nonetheless condemned it calling on the world soccer ruling body to intensify action against racism for the good of the game.
Wing, was caught on camera screaming insults at the Manchester City player in a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday but he denies the abuse was racist.
Mr Wing said: ‘I’m deeply ashamed by my own behaviour and I feel really bad. But I didn’t call him a black c***, I called him a Manc c***.
‘I’ve been going to Chelsea for 50 years now and, because of where I sit, I’m picked up on the camera most weeks. If I had a history of saying this sort of thing I would’ve been caught by now’.
The football fanatic, whose Facebook account is full of references to Chelsea, is also active on Twitter where his biography says: ‘If you learn from your mistakes, why am I so stupid?’