“I Would Be Your Muhammad Ali”: Kevin-Prince Boateng Speaks On Racism

Kevin-Prince Boateng, former AC Milan and Barcelona player

Kevin-Prince Boateng has stated that if he were currently playing in the United States Major League Soccer, he would campaign the ongoing racial protests the way legendary boxer Muhammad Ali did.

The United States of America is presently in a state of unrest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes with Floyd having apparent breathing difficulties and passing away in hospital.

It has led to protests not only across the United States but also in other parts of the world like the United Kingdom, France, Germany and even in African countries like Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.

Racism has been rife in football with Boateng among several black players that have been targeted by fans in stadiums.

“It is a difficult situation. Other than being sad, I am angry. It just hurts always coming back to the same feeling. It’s very difficult for me right now,” Boateng told Sky Sports.

“[Completing a potential move to the USA to play in MLS] wouldn’t change a thing. I would be the same person. I would fight the same because I’m numb now. It hurts me but it doesn’t touch me now, I’m strong enough to deal with it.”

“Maybe that would be the perfect thing for me to play there right now – to make a statement to give something back to show the people that I’m on the frontline, that I will be your front guy – I will be your Muhammad Ali.”

“He always said ‘I will be there, I’m more than a boxer’. I want to be more than a boxer. There are a hundred players better than me, faster than me, I will fight for something bigger.”

“Even if I change two minds, three, one hundred – that’s in my power. America, Germany, Italy, France, England – everywhere there is racism so it doesn’t matter where I play. I will always play for the right thing,” he said.

See Also:

Dortmund Players Take A Knee In Love To Support BLM Movement

Four Bundesliga Players Avoid Punishment For George Floyd Protests

source: Goal

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