Mensah shocked by racist abuse
Posted: 18 February 2009 Time: 14:54
John Mensah has spoken for the first time about his racial abuse in France last Sunday and says it has left him homesick.
The Black Stars deputy captain told French newspaper L’Equipe all he wanted to do after hearing the abuse was to get on the next flight and head straight back to Ghana.
“It ruined my career”, Mensah said. “After hearing their voices I only wanted to do one thing, to go home to my country Ghana and forget about all this.”
Mensah had a long career in Italy before moving to France but says Sunday was the first time he has been racially abused. He subsequently went on to pick up a second yellow card in the game and says he takes full responsibility for that red card.
“I should not have agreed to go back out to play”, he confessed. “I did not have my head in the game because I was shocked. Afterwards I took a red card. I think it was harsh because I had not made many mistakes and the referee must have heard what was happening the stands.”