Former France captain speaks out against racism

Lilian Thuram is the first ever French captain to receive the Order of Merit in the French Republic. In an exclusive interview with the Telegraph, the former Juventus and Chelsea defender talks about how he was very quickly ostracized by his own country after publicly condemning racism in football. Thuram also discusses the treatment of racial abuse victims, which has been a contentious issue of late with controversy surrounding the treatment of Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Read the full interview on Telegraph.co.uk

Charlton Rangers Supporters’ Trust today published what appears to be the largest ever recording of incidents of racist chanting and/or racist abuse within English football, with 1,049 complaints recorded in a single season for 2016/17. Of those, 534 alleged instances of racial abuse were made by an identifiable minority of ethnic English fans, with the figure likely to include one or two examples that have not been recorded. The trust has been monitoring race-related and other forms of intolerance in English football since August 2016, and concluded that we are in a dangerous and disturbing state, in which the absence of a longer-term, strategic discussion around the issue has led to the detrimental reality that incidents like that on Sunday afternoon are simply unacceptable.

Charlton’s journey to this point – through stories like that of former Chelsea star Frank Lampard – is only one aspect of a much bigger issue that needs addressing and I hope my case can act as a lesson for others.

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