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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.”

Previous comments on this story...

EnyiAwka 1
posted: 04:56 pm
I dont blame those fans that make monkey sound whenever a black player is in the field of play, rather i blame our leaders who collectively blunder the wealth of MAMA Africa. If African countries are doing well both Economically and politically, who will have time to play in the white man's league, rather it will be them coming to Africa to play and see good football. The Earlier our leaders start doing things right the better for all of us. Some time I am tempted to put a bullet in one of thier head.

posted: 10:49 pm
You'll survive the storm,John. You are not called the Rock of Gibraltar for nothing!
Billion Original
posted: 11:41 am
I am wary by the myopic views of individuals who are easily piqued by the declaration of the truth! I wish there'll be change...I mean real change in the lives of Richie, Mart and kwabs!!
posted: 02:37 pm
When will this nonsence end, if they are not targeting Samuel Eto'o, its Mensah or other black or asian players. Its not enuff for ISSA HAYATOU to keep coming back as CAF President, he got to start earning his dollars. CAF have to put pressure on UEFA and FIFA to toughen their stand against racism. I mean this crazy guys must be made to pay heavily for the racial attack they subject black people to.
posted: 09:54 pm
Billion, you want to see a change in the lives of other people? Why don’t you start with your own miserable life? If you continue to post stupid comments on this site, I will harass and make your life miserable. It’s not a threat- it’s a promise!
posted: 10:44 pm
Richie,Kwabs,Bullion,and erico........U are all kids with no regards to civility.

Its a shame how people come in here and display their lowness.

For the KICKOFF EDITOR,all i can say is that we [ the matured minds]would not be suprised to see the day this site would turn into a PORNOGRAPHIC SITE at this rate .

There is just no control in here,cos people are somewhat free to come in here and make irresponsible remarks,and exhibit their stupidity shamelessly.

You can imagine someone saying that he doesnt have time for KICKOFF while at the same time posting the same comment in here !!! WHAT A PARADOX.........

That exposes their level of reasoning.

Hey u kids mentioned here,i think is high time your parents stopped you from jumping into internet cafes and disgracing whatever remains of your heritage in here.

Maybe,just MAYBE the editor of this KICKOFF SITE is amongst these kids ridiculing this site ....

posted: 07:08 am
SO what's the punishment for the racist fans??
He was abused and redcarded at the same match.
Just like that??

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