Jadon Sancho Fears Players Will Question Why They Play Football if Racism Continues

"It just has to stop."

September 3rd 2019

Jadon Sancho has hit out against the recent influx of racist abuse in the game and said it has made him question why he plays football, while fearing it will make players lose their love of the sport.

Romelu Lukaku became the latest victim of abuse on Sunday after he was subjected to racist chants while playing for Inter Milan at Cagliari, after Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham were all targeted on social media.

“It just has to stop,” England and Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho said. “No player wants to play football and have abuse like that. It puts the confidence down in players and the love of the sport will go very soon if it doesn’t stop. It is hard to see things like this because it feels like, ‘why should we play football?'”

Sancho has two goals and three assists in three Bundesliga games so far this campaign and is now with the England squad after being called up for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria on Saturday and Kosovo next Tuesday.

Sancho also didn’t rule out a move to the Premier League in the future, saying: “I can’t tell the future but I wouldn’t mind [returning to the Premier League]. La Liga I wouldn’t mind also, but we don’t know yet. I feel that every league is very competitive. The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world, everyone knows that.”

In other young baller news, Liverpool have sold young English prospect Bobby Duncan to Fiorentina in a controversial £1.8 million move.