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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