- Fafa Picault has explained how he was abused racially in Italy
- The American claimed that Cagliari coach called him a monkey
- Picault spent five years in Europe before he returned to America
American footballer Fafa Picault has explained how his coach years back at Italian club Cagliari abused him racially by calling him a monkey and told him to go back to the jungle.
Fafa Picault was born in New York to Haitian immigrant parents and his love for football started when he was young.
And when his parents noticed that their son was only interested in football, they supported him and moved to Italy at the age of 16 for him to start his football education.
On arrival in Italy, his destination was at the Cagliari's youth team where he spent only one year before moving to the first team.
Although the now 29-year-old admitted that his stint in Europe really helped his career, but he would not forget so soon how he was assaulted because of the colour of his skin.
Picault who did not mention the name of the coach explained how he was frustrated and was made to be doing things other never did in training.
He added that the coach would tell him he must do it because he is a black man.
“Our coach at the time with the reserve team was probably one of the worst people I've met.
''Daily, I had to deal with him calling me a monkey or telling me I need to go back to the jungle in Africa, black players don't have technique, you're just fast, go run, we brought you here to run,'' he explained according to the report on Goal.
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After five years in Europe, Fafa returned to United States and he is currently playing for FC Dallas in Major League Soccer.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Italian striker Mario Balotelli released a photo of himself performing the Black Power pose supporting the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States.
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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