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Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori insists racism isn’t acceptable in football and has demanded that racism must be ‘kicked out of football’ after several high-profile incidents marred the sport in recent weeks.
“Racism wherever it is not a laughing matter and is something that needs to be kicked out of the game,” the 21-year-old told reporters on Tuesday.
“It’s a gradual process. It’s not going to stop overnight and we just have to keep on drumming it into people that it’s not acceptable.”
Tomori was an unused substitute in England’s 6-0 thrashing of Bulgaria at Vasil Levski National Stadium, a game which was halted twice due to racist abuse from the home fans.
“Obviously it was a difficult experience. What we wanted to do was just play our football, to win the game. That’s what we did,” he added.
“When stuff like that happens you have to try and block it out even though it is so blatant. We just wanted to go out there, play our game and win the game.
“The manager spoke to us after and said there was help there if needed. It’s just one of those things that happened.”