details of interview
Role of the Interviewed: amateur football player
Type of radicalization: ethnic discrimination, social radicalization
Historical period collocation: 2014
Date/Country of the Interview: 19/09/2018, Greece
Interviewer: KEAN – Cell of Alternative Youth Activities
In the meantime, our physical education teacher at school, during one of our gym classes, noticed – as he told me – my skills in football and told me that he found out that I am quite talented and good at playing football, so he proposed to me to join the school football team. I immediately accepted his offer but unfortunately the first day, the day of my introduction to the team, I realized that the team was composed by the majority of my classmates who were treating me badly. I still did not say anything but I also did not want to quit the team as I like very much football and I had always dreamt of belonging to a football team. By the time I entered the team their behavior began to change. They were treating me like a teammate and as a valuable player for the team. One day, I decided to make a conversation with them and clarify everything. They apologized to me for their behavior and bad comments and said that they hadn’t realized how badly they had hurt me.
I was feeling again that I belong somewhere but I couldn’t enjoy that as all I had on my mind was cutting off myself from this bad and dangerous group that I was engaged in my attempt to face discrimination and injustice. When I was bringing to my mind their words, I was feeling scared and that all these were wrong and nobody should got harmed. I sensed that the entire situation was getting out of control.
After all this time, I am reconsidering whether I should have spoken with someone a lot earlier, before getting involved into that nasty group and explain the facts and ask for help and advice.
Nowadays, I am studying at University and I am still playing football with my fellow-students.