Watford striker Andre Gray claims football authorities don’t care about racism and calls for greater action
Andre Gray has called on football’s authorities to take racism more seriously after several Watford players received racist messages online.
And Watford striker Gray reveals he was also the victim of racial abuse, as were all of the club’s non-white players.
“We all got it,” he told Drive on talkSPORT. “It’s disgusting and it’s never gone away. I don’t know how many years it’s been now.
“It’s been like this for years now and the media haven’t helped the situation.
“More needs to be done, the punishments are too light, and it shows how people higher up don’t really care about the situation.
“There’s never going to be the right answer. It’s all good banning people and getting people prosecuted, but that doesn’t change their beliefs and how they feel.
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“It’s about changing people’s beliefs. It’s just ignorance. It’s the way people are brought up, they’re stuck in an environment where they feel that’s right.
“There’s a deeper issue, it’s not just about what people are saying.”
English football has been blighted by numerous incidents of racism this season, the latest of which occurred during Chelsea and Arsenal’s Europa League quarter-finals last night.
Chelsea fans filmed themselves signing a racist chant about Mohamed Salah before their win over Slavia Prague, while an Arsenal fan racially abused Kalidou Koulibaly on Snapchat during the Napoli victory.
And Gray insists him and his fellow professionals won’t be put down by ignorant fans.
He added: “I think players are now speaking out against it more. We spoke with the club today and they are united with everything.
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“We’re a team with all different types of races, religions and cultures. You can see with all the teams in the league how together people are.
“It’s just the people on the outside who want to take a game of football and try and use it to their advantage.”
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