Kevin-Prince Boateng offers his support to Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi - “we’re all in this together”.
The former Milan man famously walked off the pitch having been racially abused in a friendly with Pro Patria, and Matuidi was subjected to similar vile abuse in the 1-0 win at Cagliari.
“I’m suffering for Blaise, he was insulted for the colour of his skin,” Boateng told Frankfurter Neuen Presse.
“Just think how that feels. What’s sad is that - at most - in these cases a club gets fined €20,000. It’s ridiculous.
“I suffer with him, I’ve asked for his phone number so I can call him. We need to present a united front and stand against these things.
“We’re all in this together.”
Another incident which has caused outrage this week was fashion label H&M releasing an advert which showed a black child in a hoodie which bore the words “coolest monkey in the jungle”.
“I was shaking with rage when I saw that advert,” said Boateng.
“I’m angry and sad that these things still happen. For such a big company to make such an error, even unintentionally, is very sad.
“And no-one can tell me it has nothing to do with racism. I’ve been called a monkey too many times, excuses aren’t enough.
“Such a mistake just shouldn’t happen.”