Onana reveals that an Italian club did not sign him for being black

first_imgThe events happened after the 2016/17 season, Onana’s first as Ajax’s goalkeeper, and his good performances were key for the Amsterdam team to reach the Europa League final against Manchester United, which took the English 2-0.The goalkeeper revealed the incident in a report by the Dutch newspaper about racism in football. “I can’t change who I am. Why should I worry? I’m black and African, I’m proud of it. If someone doesn’t like me because I’m black, there’s no problem. I don’t even care.”he assured.Onana was the subject of racist proclamations last December in the Telstar camp, in an Eredivisie party. “The CEO (Marc Overmars) asked me if I wanted to file a complaint. A complaint for this? Then you would have to put half of the Netherlands in jail,” The soccer player said.The Dutch Football Federation announced in early February a series of measures to tackle racism in the stands. The veto of attendance at the stadiums of fans who sing insulting songs will be increased from five to ten years, surveillance systems will be improved and clubs that do not do enough will run the risk of losing points. “Told him: ‘We believe that Onana is a great goalkeeper, but unfortunately we cannot hire him. A black goalkeeper would bring us many problems in front of our fans’ “, The soccer player related. “Of course The statement hurt me, but to be honest I was also glad I said it. It would have been worse if they had thought that I am too bad for them. “, adds Onana. Cameroonian Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper André Onana says that an Italian team was interested in him three years ago, after playing the Europa League final against Manchester United, but the signing was halted at the last moment due to the color of your skin.The Cameroonian, who does not make public what team it is, explained that “the conversations were going well” until his representative received a call from the general director, according to an interview with the general newspaper NCR, based in Amsterdam, and published on Saturday a report on racism in football.last_img read more