Carlos Kameni opens up about racism in Spain
Carlos Kameni, goalkeeper for La Liga side Malaga C.F., has opened up about the racist abuse he has suffered from football fans during matches in the Spanish top flight. The 33 year old player talks abot two incidents in particular, matches against Real Zaragoza and Atletico Madrid.
Kameni began his career in the top-flight at AS Saint-Etienne. His breakthrough came when he joined La Liga side RCD Espanyol in 2004. He broke into the first team and became a regular starter. After losing his starting spot, he moved to another La Liga side, Malaga C.F.
Kameni said he was racially abused by fans during his time at Espanyol. He said, as quoted by Football Espana:
“The worst experience I have had was in a match against Zaragoza, during my first season at Espanyol. We were winning 0-1, and they [the home crowd] were saying all sorts to me. It got to the point where the referee asked me if I wanted to stop the game, but I was determined to continue. Two weeks later, the same thing happened to Samuel Eto’o, to whom the crowd made monkey gestures. I felt awful.”
Carlos Kameni has had a successful international career with the Cameroon national team. He is the youngest football player to win an Olympic gold medal. He has represented his country in two FIFA World Cups and numerous African Cup of Nations. He has been capped 76 times, across all competitions.
Kameni revealed that the second incident was in a match against Atletico Madrid. He said:
“On one occasion, the [Atletico Madrid] crowd at the Calderon threw bananas at me. In the mixed zone after the match, I said that if it happened again, I would eat the banana, because there are children in this world that are dying of hunger. It’s barbaric that in 2017, we still have to talk about this issue. The years will continue to pass, and our children will still be talking about it. It has to end now.”