Pogba ups bat­tle against racist yobs

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By CHAR­LOTTE DUNCKER

PAUL Pogba has launched his own an­tiracism wrist­band af­ter re­cent in­ci­dents in­volv­ing foot­ballers in­clud­ing him­self, Fred, Jesse Lin­gard, Kali­dou Koulibaly and An­to­nio Rudi­ger.

In Au­gust, Pogba vowed to take a stand against racism for the next gen­er­a­tion af­ter be­ing tar­geted on­line fol­low­ing a missed penalty against Wat­ford and he launched his wrist­bands on his In­sta­gram page on Christ­mas Day with a fam­ily pho­to­graph.

The mid­fielder asked all the United play­ers to wear the ‘no to racism’ and ‘we are one’ bracelets dur­ing the warm-up ahead of the 4-1 win against New­cas­tle.

“It was my idea to do it,” Pogba said. “I’ve been think­ing about do­ing this but I don’t want to go through the UEFA or the FIFA. I done it my­self. I think we have the chance to have this power to show things in football, on TV.

“Peo­ple see it so I think that will make peo­ple un­der­stand some things. I think it’s ig­no­rance.

“A lot of play­ers in a lot of leagues not only in Premier League, in Italy, Spain, ev­ery­where - and we keep hear­ing this. I don’t want to do pres­i­dent, I don’t want to do a politic guy.

“We are just football play­ers, we want to en­joy that. The fans needs to en­joy com­ing and see­ing some nice football and that’s it. So, this is to show that we’re against that [racism].

“I know that it will make peo­ple talk. Fred, An­dreas (Pereira), I mean every­one, we are against that. We are just for football, en­joy­ing football. We do what we love. We give joy to the fans, to every­one.”

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