Cole says walking off the pitch is the only way to deal with racist abuse
Posted On March 26, 2021
Motherwell striker Devante Cole says he will walk off the pitch if he is ever subjected to racist abuse again.
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Cole has been opening up on a racial incident which took place on a trip to Spain while he was at Manchester City.
Motherwell have released a video in the wake of their stand against racism in last week’s Scottish Premiership match with Kilmarnock.
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It comes after Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara suffered alleged racist abuse during a his side’s Europa League defeat to Slavia Prague.
Cole was joined in a candid conversation by fellow ‘Well players Sherwin Seedorf, Bevis Mugabi and Charles Dunne.
While talking about their experiences of racism, Cole revealed he was spat at on a Manchester City trip abroad.
After City put in a complaint, the offending team were fined £10,000.
But given the lightness of the censure, Cole said he would react differently if a similar thing happened again.
He said: “I was at Manchester City and we went away to Spain. I don’t know what he said to me but one of the boys behind me in Spanish has told me what he said. I’ve turned round and he’s tried to spit on me. Straight away I’ve gone to swing [for him] and I just thought I couldn’t care less what happens after this.
“But luckily one of my team-mates has caught me and it’s all started kicking off. After the game City put in a complaint and they got fined £10,000 or something like that. Something stupid anyway that didn’t effect the club.
“If I get abused tomorrow on the pitch I’m not getting on with the game. One, I’m walking off. Two, I’m doing something about it. It’s the only way. I’m not addressing football after that. Because race has nothing to do with football but you’re bringing it into it and you’re telling me to carry on. I’m going to get more reaction walking off and doing something about it than I would carrying on.”
The Scotland national team have joined the likes of Celtic, Dundee United, Motherwell and Rangers in taking a stand against racism as an alternative to taking the knee.