Swansea City FC and Wales star Allen talks to SRtRC about racism in football.
Have you ever experienced racism while playing or within the community?
I am fortunate not to have seen any extreme cases, but in sport you do come across it at times from the stands, I remember some youth team games where one of the players suffered it a few times while playing and there is no place for it really.
Was anything done about those incidents at the time while you was a youth player?
NO, I think that the player kept it to himself which looking back wasn’t the right thing to do, he probably should have spoken to someone about it at the club and had it sorted out.
What advice would you give to anyone experiencing racism?
I think it’s important not to suffer in silence, get help and let people know about it and get to the root of the problem
There are many players from different backgrounds in football and in the Swansea dressing room; do you see this as a positive environment?
Yes, I think that’s the beauty of football, you get players from all over the world coming together from different backgrounds, different races and speaking different languages, I think it’s great for football. You get to learn about all the different cultures and it enriches you, makes you a better person and gives you a better understanding of where people are from.
Any final messages?
There is NO place for racism, never suffer in silence which is the worst thing you can do and let people know about it so they can help you out and put an end to it.