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John Barnes has aimed criticism at Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho over the young players comments about racism in football causing him to fall out of love with football.
In recent weeks racism has been back in the football headlines after several Premier League players were abused on social media and then Cagliari fans shouted monkey noises in Romelu Lukaku's direction during their game against Lukaku's Inter.
Dortmund forward Sancho warned that the abuse could lead to players losing their love of the game, saying, "I personally think that it just has to stop. No player wants to play football and have abuse like that. It puts the confidence down in players and the love of the sport will go very soon if it doesn't stop."
It's a sad indictment of the current problems but former footballer Barnes thinks that Sancho should 'go into the real world.' Speaking to talkSPORT Barnes was scathing in his assessment, saying, "Jadon said he will fall out of love with football, let him give up football.
"Let him go into the real world as a young black man, without education, without playing football.
"Then he will see what it is really like to be a black man being racially abused, what real discrimination is about.
"I heard he signed a nice new contract. Is he ready to give up that contract because he is falling out of love with football? I don't think so."
"Let him give up [football]."- talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 3, 2019
"Let him go into the real world and see what real discrimination is about."
"I heard he signed a nice new contract... is he going to give that up?"@OfficialBarnesy reacts to @Sanchooo10 saying racism will kill the love for the sport. pic.twitter.com/bh50kh0uNW
Whilst Barnes, and other players, would have received worse abuse in the 80s, his comments seem bizarre and totally the wrong attitude to the recent incidents that have happened to players.
I disagree completely with John Barnes on this. He keeps making this argument - that football cannot educate society - and people within football keep using this kind of line as a reason for inaction. And how odd to tell Sancho that football is not real life. It's his workplace. https://t.co/zxqPpyeILA- Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) September 4, 2019
Sorry to clog your timelines with this - I just can't understand John Barnes' thinking. He says football can't educate society but his own career is proof that it can. Black people in the UK gained a measure of acceptance in football far earlier than in other parts of UK society.- Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) September 4, 2019
Raheem Sterling was one of the first high profile players to speak about the racist abuse after one incident against Chelsea last season with the Manchester City forward shining a light on the abuse he's received in the media.
In recent weeks Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Kurt Zouma and Tammy Abraham were all subjected to it after mistakes for their clubs, before the Cagliari fans abused Lukaku for taking a penalty.
Hopefully something changes soon.
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