Nottingham Forest loanee Cyrus Christie has called upon the authorities to do more regarding racial abuse within football.
The Republic of Ireland international – who has recently stopped taking the knee before matches – believes the authorities themselves aren’t very useful, to the point players are reluctant to report to them.
Speaking about his own experiences, Christie has admitted he has suffered racial abuse and chosen not to report it as he doesn’t have faith anything will be done.
“In the professional game, I’ve had many incidents of racial abuse,” Christie said in an interview with Cobh Ramblers.
“Whether that be on social media, whether that’s been from fans directly within the stands…a lot doesn’t get done. There’s been times where I’ve never reported it.
“People have seen it and no-one acts on it, so when you do speak out and say something, you’re made out as if you’re the person in the wrong – people want to twist the situation and put it back on you.
“It is tough to take. It can feel like you’re in a lonely place and no-one really does have your back.
“The authorities don’t do enough to combat it and when you do go speak to the authorities, they don’t actually even do anything.”
In the wide-ranging interview with the Irish club, Christie also recounted the first time he suffered racial abuse on a football pitch, aged just six or seven.
Despite his experiences on and off the pitch, Christie does have belief that things can be turned around moving forwards, but ultimately that will start from authorities.
“There’s still a long way to go and a lot to be done, but we have to keep moving forward as a society. We can’t let it affect us negatively.
“At the end of the day, we’re all human beings, we all bleed the same and we have to be a united nation.
“If we can all come together and keep making change then there’s no reason why we can’t turn this around, because it shouldn’t be happening in this day and age.”
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