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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 May 2006, 13:35 GMT 14:35 UK
Weah on racism
Durosimi Thomas
BBC Sport, Accra

George Weah
Weah wants to see the fight against racism intensified
Liberian legend George Weah has called for everyone in football to wage total war on racism.

Weah, the 1995 World and African Footballer of the Year, told BBC Sport that any player who is racially abused must "stay focused" and continue the fight against racists.

"I hope it stops. I'm grateful to Fifa and others who fight against racism because it must stop," Weah said.

"I fight against racism positively and I don't let it bother me. I know it exists and will always exist."

Weah, who lost last year's Presidential elections in Liberia, had an illustrious career in Europe with French clubs Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan in Italy.

Speaking to BBC Sport in Accra, Ghana, Weah recounted how he himself was the victim of racist taunts from the terraces.

"You get upset sometimes and make mistakes but players should not lose control just because someone is making racist remarks.

"It happened to me when I was playing against Porto in Lisbon and I also had a problem with one well-known player who made racist comments against me.

"I got upset and hit him in the face. My action cost me a lot, and I missed five games in the Champions League.

"The solution is to talk about it and to show the world that there's no need for racism."

Weah said that people should not forget that only a small minority in European football is racist.

"I believe it's perpetrated by a minority of people who are ignorant, they see people of different colour on the pitch and feel offended.

"This is wrong and shouldn't happen but we're going to keep fighting.

"I want all my black friends to continue to play and to forget what the racists do. They need to be strong."


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