Ex-Juventus and France star says racism is not an "incurable disease"
Following recent high profile incidents involving racism in Italian football, Lilian Thuram has spoken out, saying racism is still a problem, but it is not as endemic in Italy as recent events would suggest. He said: "In my opinion, [racism] is no worse in Italy than elsewhere: I lived there happily.I have a lot of friends in Parma and Torino and I got back there with pleasure. I'm not afraid of those, even in the stadia, that represent a small minority.
"Rather, there are other signs to worry me. For example, when a French coach talks of quotas for blacks and Arabs. Ideas such as these are far worse than any chants. But things can change, rapidly. Until 1994, there was apartheid in South Africa. Then Nelson Mandela became president."
Education is the best way to tackle racism, as Thuram said: "Racism is not a incurable disease. It just needs education."
He is also confident of progression in his native France, saying "And that is why I'm committed. Even France, sooner or later, will have its Obama." Lilian is dedicated to the anti-racism cause, and has even set up his own foundation to fight racism.
By Natasha Bougourd