International footballer says left Selangor team due to racism

Former Queens Park Rangers striker Antonio German. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: A former Queens Park Rangers striker who played for Selangor says he left the Malaysia Super League Side after a month upon receiving racist messages from fans who also booed him during games.

Antonio German, who has also played for clubs in Scotland, England and India, said in an interview with BBC Sport that he was told he was “too dark” to play for Selangor.

He said the messages, posted on social media, were only from a minority of fans, but that he was nonetheless shocked by them.

“I have played in a few countries but never experienced racism,” he was quoted as saying.

“When clubs see I left (Selangor) they don’t know the true story.

“I did love Malaysia, it’s an amazing country. Most of the fans were great – it is just sad that move kind of hindered my career.”

German, who was born in London and holds citizenship in Grenada, joined the Selangor team on Jan 13.

However, he was booed during matches despite scoring eight goals in 10 pre-season matches and then scoring on his league debut.

“The third game of the season, I was playing well but didn’t score and came off after 80 minutes. After the game I was told it was best to leave for my own protection.

“I was thinking, ‘why am I getting punished for the behaviour of some of the fans?’ But I decided to leave,” he told BBC Sport.

According to the report, Selangor acknowledged that racist remarks had been made towards German online.

“We have blocked fans who repeatedly made racist comments on our platforms from seeing our content again. Unfortunately, we do not have the vast resources needed to carry out punishments on fans who make racist comments in the stadium,” it said in a statement.