Man Utd’s Odion Ighalo reveals racist abuse in China and how he would deal with it in Premier League
Odion Ighalo says he was subjected to terrible racist abuse while playing in China and would not be afraid to walk off the field if the same happened in the Premier League.
The Manchester United striker, who has extended his loan spell at the club until January, moved to China from Watford in 2017, signing for Changchun Yatai and then moving on to Shanghai Shenua.
The Nigeria international recalls one match in China in which he was called ‘all sorts of names’ and was compelled to respond, despite it going against his relaxed nature.
The 30-year-old would rather leave such things in the hands of the authorities, but would be ready to act if he needs to.
‘If it happens to me I would report it to the referee and see what they do,’ Ighalo told Sky Sports News.
‘But if they don’t take action about it then I’m going to walk off because it should not be done to any player or anyone in the world.
‘In one game in China I got called all sorts of names and after the game, I didn’t shake his hand.
‘I walked straight into the dressing room, I was angry, I reported it to the FA. I didn’t press forward with it, I just let it go because I’m just this kind of guy.
‘I don’t like to drag issues out, but I don’t think it should be condoned in any country.’
Ighalo has done well on his short loan spell at Old Trafford so far, scoring four goals in eight games, which has earned him his extended stay.
There are more pressing issues than football now, though, and he is keen to fight against racism, although has also spoken out against the rioting and violence that has occurred in the US in response to the tragic killing of George Floyd.
‘Nobody should condone racism. We are all human,’ Ighalo said. ‘Despite the colour of our skin, we are all the same, we live in the same world, the same life.
‘I don’t condone racism, but at the same, I don’t condone riots. It didn’t start today, it’s not going to end today. It’s going to take time.
‘We are hoping this situation can change the narrative and make it more limited. It’s going to reduce it to a minimum.
‘We are fighting now so that for the next generation it will be cut off, finally.
‘We have to start from the younger generation, educate them, let them see that all humans are the same.
‘We should fight for humanity not colours.’