Newcastle Star – I Feel At Home And Happy Here

David Santon was with Alan Pardew and Jonas Gutierrez yesterday, as they hosted a Show Racism The Red Card event with pupils of Corbridge Middle School, Percy Main Primary School and Chillingham Road Primary School at St James’ Park yesterday.

David Santon – talks about race relations

England seems to be a lot better with race relations than some other countries on the continent, like Italy as one example, but it seems that racism has been rearing its ugly head this season in the Premier League.

Davide Santon had this to say about racism yesterday in front of the pupils:

“At Newcastle we have a lot of black players.” “I am friends with everybody, the skin color doesn’t make a difference. If you know a person you can say if they are a good or a bad person, but only after you speak to them.”

“You can’t say because someone is black they will be a certain type of person.” “I have a lot of friends in Italy and here as well, and for me it’s not important what color their skin is. All that matters is the person inside.”

“Italy can learn from the atmosphere in the English stadiums.”  “In England they have more respect.“Maybe the fans are a bit more racist in Italy. If they don’t like a player they will boo him. It’s not nice for the player.”

“Some players, when the fans do that, walk off the pitch. Now if it happens the referee can stop the game.”  “It means the fans are a little bit more careful.” “Before some black players would get a lot of booing every game and I saw some players cry on the pitch because of it.”

“Stopping the game is the best way to deal with it. If you don’t, the fans don’t care and they’ll just keep doing it.”  “If the fans want to see the game, they have to show respect for the players.” “Food for me in England is very different because I prefer a lot of pasta before the game, but I’m getting used to it.”

“The first two weeks I found the driving in England really difficult because in Italy we drive on the right. But now I feel I’m at home.”  “I’m really happy here in England. I have a girlfriend here and I’m relaxed and able to concentrate on my football. I feel at home and I’m happy here.”

Those are very good words from Davide, who has improved a lot this season, and is now regularly one of Newcastle’s best players.

And we see he still has his Geordie girlfriend, and she will also be helping him settle in at Newcastle, and we look forward to hearing that Geordie accent of his – as he continues to learn how to speak English.

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16 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    F I R S T

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Who says nice guys finish last?

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Hey Indian, what are we talkin’ here- Cherokee, Sioux, Apache.

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #4



  • rainrix

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Indian… You never know, he might be an @rsehole behind closed doors 😉

  • jeff

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6

    i bet his girlfriend is stunning

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #7

    Hotdog– Simpson played well in the championship. Where there is less interplay and movement off the ball. He’s the old fashioned ball watching type quite often. Do you remember Peter Ramage who came through the academy as a centre half/ back well he’s not as good as him. Ramage is also more versatile would have made a better showing at centre half than Simpson did last December.

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Are you actually from sub continental India?

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Yes Jeff

    From New Delhi, India

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #10

    That’s very good and very interesting. The Geordie Nation reaches far and wide. Haway!

  • Graeme

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Glad to know he’s settled and happy.

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    i meant Jimmy, not jeff

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Roman will look to protect his investment in Torres. Rafael Benitez would be the man to slot in seamlessly.

  • Bucks mag

    Nov 21, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #14

    Always nice to see foreign players settle in as well as our current contingent has… good for you Davide. Despite recent results it’s always good to know that you have players like Santon, Colo, Jonas, Tiote etc. playing for the shirt before the fans.

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Nov 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d say Santoon is probably my favorite player in our current squad, so eager to get forward, yet none too shabby at cancelling a winger out. Seems like a top bloke too.

  • proudtobageordie

    Nov 21, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #16

    davide is a really nice lad as well. my little boy is his kit sponsor and we were at the game at weekend v Swansea. He came up to our suite and had a good chat and photo session. pity i couldn’t say the same about Pardew???? I said hi down at pitchside and he just turned his head. Ignorant cockny .A.KER. I saved for months to do this for my little one and you have people like him ignoring you. DISGRACEFULL


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