details of interview
Role of the Interviewed: amateur football player
Type of radicalization: racial discrimination
Historical period collocation: 2018
Date/Country of the Interview: 08/11/2018 Italy
Interviewer: USMA in collaboration with FISPPA Dept., University of Padua
Story collected by: Igor Giammanco
Then it happened that during a training match I had a game collision with one of my mates, and he reacted badly, telling me “son of a b***”. So, I pushed him to the ground and I was starting to fight him. Our other companions intervened, not to separate us but attacking me. Fortunately, the coach and another person stopped them. Since then, however, the situation has worsened. When I went to the training most of the teammates were against me, and I received many insults. For example, they told me that I stink, or they made fun of my skin or making fun of me by imitating a monkey.
What I learned is not very good. First, I learned that it is difficult for me to play football here, just because I am not Italian. Still today, I can’t play. That was my last time with a football team here in Italy. It’s also difficult because there are problems with documents. I have other friends having the same difficulties about this. Besides that, I do not feel like playing any longer.
Second, I saw that there are many Italians who are racists, and I do not like that. I realized that I do not want to be in a place where people think this way. Now, here in *** I fell better, because there are more Nigerians and Africans and we’re fine with each other. Some friends I met helped me to find a job.