Paul Pogba: Manchester United midfielder says he feels sad about racism

Paul Pogba: Manchester United midfielder says he feels sad about racism

- Paul Pogba is married to a Bolivian and also has an Italian agent

- The Frenchman has his roots traced back to Africa as he is born to Guinean parents

- Pogba has condemned the lingering problems of racism that has plagued the world

Manchester United star Paul Pogba has decried endemic problems of racism which has continued to damage reputation of blacks, saying he is sad about it.

Hundreds of thousands have thronged the U.S. streets to condemn the death of George Floyd who died in the hands of policemen in Minneapolis.

The protesters are calling for justice for late Floyd who had a knee pressed into his neck for more than eight minutes while being detained by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, and eventually died in Minneapolis on Monday, May 29.

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Several sporting personalities have condemned the tragic situation as many decried racism as responsible for the action.

Pogba, a French player of Guinean descent was part of the France national team that won the FIFA World cup in 2018 in Russia and he says the issue of racism makes him feel sad.

“I’m sad about it, I’m not angry. I’m happy with myself. I have a Chinese friend, an Italian agent, a Brazilian lawyer, a Bolivian wife, I’m French and Guinean. All my life it’s a different culture,” Pogba said.

Paul Pogba: Manchester United midfielder says he feels sad about racism

Paul Pogba celebrates a goal with Man Utd fans. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Also, Italian striker Mario Balotelli has released a photo of himself performing the Black Power pose supporting the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States.

Alongside the Black Power pose, Balotelli wrote on his Instagram page: "#saynotoracism #blackpower #restinpeacebrother #GeorgeFloyd."

The 29-year-old also uploaded a post onto his Instagram story which read: 'I have nothing against monkeys because I'm totally sure a monkey is smarter than a racist.'

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Lazio were fined £17,000 as punishment for fans targeting striker Balotelli with racist chants back in January. The pontiff, who spoke at the General Audience, also called for calm, saying violence is self-destructive and self-defeating.

It was gathered that the pontiff said nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost. Pope Francis prayed for the repose of the soul of Floyd and others who have died as a result of racism.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be faced with a squad selection headache in the midfield when Premier League resumes.

The EPL has been on hold for weeks owing to the outbreak of deadly coronavirus and with normalcy gradually returning, the league is set to make a return as from Wednesday, June 17.

United will battle Tottenham Hotspur away from home on Friday, June 19, in a match that could prove pivotal in the Red Devils' race to finish in the top four.

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