Fabianski: Racism is a worldwide issue we need to fight every day

Lukasz Fabianski on the cover of Saturday's Official Programme


This week, to coincide with the 25th birthday of anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out, the Premier League launched its own ‘No Room for Racism’ campaign.

As someone who has played club and international football all over the world, Lukasz Fabianski knows that, while big efforts are being made to rid the game of prejudice, more work still needs to be done.

“Obviously it’s a campaign that we all support with everything that we have,” he confirmed. “It’s a bit sad that it has been an issue for such a long time and it is still happening, but that’s where we as a sport and as players can support it, raise awareness and try to fight it.”

Following incidents at England’s UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro on Monday, both manager Gareth Southgate and former winger John Barnes pointed out that racism and intolerance are societal issues not restricted to groups of ignorant football supporters.

Fabianski agrees.

“Exactly,” he confirmed. “They mentioned that, while we have our own Premier League campaign, this is a worldwide issue that needs to be tackled every day.

“It’s important for us that we spread the message but it has to be spread continuously by everyone.

“You don’t want to see things like what happened in Montenegro, or in the wider world in places like the United States and New Zealand recently, so it’s a big, big problem that needs to be tackled and spoken about all the time.”

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