‘Maybe we are alone’: Jude Bellingham questions whether authorities ‘care’ about racist abuse directed at Black footballers
“I never had a problem with anybody on my team… I didn’t have a problem with them on my team”
In a radio interview with BBC Radio Four’s John Crace this week, former England and Manchester City star Jude Bellingham gave his view on the issue that has raised the ire of several Manchester clubs, namely that of racism, including that directed at Black footballers.
The ex-Liverpool winger revealed that he had suffered a number of racist taunts at the club when he was at Anfield during his playing days.
“I never had a problem with anybody on my team,” he said, “so I wasn’t worried about it or bothered by it.
“But I didn’t have any problem with anybody on my team, and there was no problem with the Black players on the team, there is no problem with me.
“No, they didn’t talk to me, because I didn’t speak to them.
“I’m one of those people, and I’m not talking about them, who are in a minority, there are a lot, they would like to see the minority be in a minority, and they are a small minority.”
Belfingham then admitted that his relationship with black players he had trained with during his playing days at the club had been on a ‘special’ level.
Despite that he did not have a problem with the team’s Black players.
“I mean I didn’t have a problem with the Black players,” he continued, “but there was a problem with me, being a Black person, because I was at Liverpool and I’m an honorary Black and there was a problem with me… I was a minority, I was one of the minority but I was in a minority and I had a special relationship with the