马特·默里(Matt Murray)对足球与社会中的种族主义及其对改变的希望

时间:2020-10-27 18:20:04

Matt Murray became a crowd favourite at Wolves, helping the club win promotion to the Premier League in 2003 with a man-of-the-match performance in the playoff final, and later being named as the club"s player of the year in 2007

马特·穆雷(Matt Murray)成为狼队中的人群最爱,帮助该俱乐部在2003年的季后赛决赛中以同人比赛的表现赢得了英超联赛的晋级,后来被评为2007年度俱乐部最佳球员

But long before embarking on his successful goalkeeping career that was cruelly cut short by injury, Murray faced challenges in his personal life because of racism


In an interview with Wolves to mark Black History Month, Murray shared some of his thoughts on how racism has impacted his life and his hopes for a better future..


篮球火结局On personal inclusion issues growing up "I had issues around racism and discrimination from different sides when I was growing up


I am from a unique background, as my biological dad was Nigerian and my biological mum English, but I was adopted from birth by a white couple


"Growing up, I had issues around insecurities in my identity, being of dual heritage or mixed race as I refer to myself, in a very white environment


"I always say that I am very fortunate to have been adopted by great people and brave people


Racism for me comes from people and not the colour, and I have met some unbelievable white people in my life篮球火结局


"As a kid, I would be around black people and they would realise that culturally I was different to them


Sometimes in football, the black lads would call me a coconut - black on the outside and white on the inside


That would hurt


"Then I would have issues from white people, because I was mixed race and a lot of bad stuff would get said to me


The other kids wouldn"t let me join in football games because of my colour or I"d be chased home from school


There were times when I would be warned that people were waiting to beat me up when I walked home and so I would go a different way which took an hour rather than the more direct five minutes." On abuse and discrimination "I will never forget my first ever game of proper football, for Lichfield Colts Under-9s, away at Cannock

有时我会被警告,当我回家时人们在等着殴打我,所以我会走一条不同的路,要花一个小时而不是更直接的五分钟。”关于虐待和歧视“我永远不会忘记我第一次在Linfield Colts Under-9s进行适当的足球比赛,离开了Cannock

It was a big thing and I was excited and nervous at the same time


I used to play an age group above myself, and my manager was Don Astle, a big Wolves fan, who I love to bits

我曾经在自己之上发挥年龄层,而我的经纪人是大狼队的球迷Don Astle,我很喜欢

"We were in the first couple of minutes and I slid and collected the ball


It was in my hands


Then their player just ran and tripped over me


To this day I can see this old, grey-haired referee, coming over and awarding a penalty篮球火结局


"I remember at the time, I heard people on the sidelines saying, "we know why you"ve given that"


But I didn"t really understand it at first


Penalties were rarely given at that age anyway


But I actually had the ball in my hands and the boy ran over me


"I can close my eyes and still see that referee even now - a racist old man篮球火结局


I was eight years old, and he gave a penalty against me


It completely spoiled it all and I was taken off for crying, I was so upset


There were many examples like that at football


篮球火结局"I"m not going to lie to you, school could be tough as well


I remember being surrounded by older kids with baseball bats and rounders bats


Another time being head-butted


Having a rock thrown at my head for absolutely no other reason than the colour of my skin


And then being challenged by an older kid to a running race, beating him, and then him taking my legs from under me and raining kicks on my body


His parents were even watching, and did nothing


How can you watch your kid behaving like that and do nothing?" On dealing with discriminatory issues "My mum and dad always used to tell me not to fight back physically, They said that meant I had sunk to their level


And so not getting involved would always be my aim


But I couldn"t always stick to it


"There were several occasions when I was surrounded by loads of kids, often older kids, and I would get physically attacked for no other reason than my colour


It was fight or flight


If I didn"t do anything, I"d just have been on the end of a really good kicking


I hated fighting, I didn"t want to fight, and I have never been an aggressive person


But sometimes, as a last resort, there was no option


The red mist came down, you know? I learned judo growing up and I needed it


And I could run really fast as well


No one at my school could out-run me


"But it was very difficult to deal with as a kid


And it was all taught as well, it wasn"t a natural thing


You don"t get a nine or 10-year-old telling you that you can"t play football with him because you are black unless it has been taught by parents or someone else


"You can hear it in my voice even now, it scars you


I would be chased home from school and I"d be crying, and saying that I didn"t want to be black anymore because of the treatment I was getting


"It"s funny, because after Wolves won the play-offs, and I was man of the match, I bumped into one of the guys who had given me so much grief when I was a kid


He came over to congratulate me, and asked me if I remembered him


"Yes, I remember you," I replied, and went on to tell him everything that he had done to me


I shook his hand, and said I hoped he had changed


It was like he couldn"t even remember it, or didn"t realise the damage he had done." On how things changed as he became older "When I broke into senior football, for the most part the support I had from everyone was unbelievable


I never really got any bad stuff


Playing for England Under-21s, there were a few problems but it was always away from home


Against Italy, they had a section of supporters who were racist chanting, in Slovakia the same


Even at Under-16 level, we played Cyprus away, and they were calling us names on the pitch even though we had been in the hotel with them all fine before the game


They were trying to put us off - and we beat them 5-1


Our way of dealing with it was to roll our sleeves up and go out and beat them


Being black in footballDenied because of skin colour"The problem is still around though


I have received racism on Twitter when I have talked about the issue on Sky


I have been told where Heathrow is and that I am a guest in the country


It is a shame that people feel threatened but it is nothing like that


It is about not giving me a job because of my colour - just give me an opportunity and then I have got to prove that I am good enough." On Black History Month "Black History Month, highlighting the role of black people in history, is a great thing to do, and so is trying to stamp out racism in football


But we are going to need more moving forward


"One of the things that used to wind me up more than anything was doing a player appearance at Show Racism The Red Card events, and there were no other players there, or just the same faces

“过去让我非常兴奋的一件事情是在Show Racism The Red Card事件中露面球员,那里没有其他球员,或者只有相同的面孔

If people can say things, hold up a card or wear a T-shirt, then that"s a start, but go and give your time as well, spend an hour talking to schoolchildren, because education of the young generation is key


Don"t just pay it lip service


Premier League table | Fixtures | Live on SkyGet | Get a NOW TV pass"Look at what Marcus Rashford is doing at the moment




Can people then go and sponsor a young kid through university, or mentor someone? Can we make learning about diversity a compulsory part of doing your coaching badges? Can we teach more about black history, and the impact of racism, in schools? That way we can explain more to young people about the repercussions of things that they say, and the hurt that they can cause


"I think clubs can also do more


I used to take the diversity training but it was never a priority and often got cancelled


I think a player should be compelled to attend diversity training at least once every three years


More than anything, I would really like to see people just giving more of their time, to help make sustained and lasting change." Read the full interview with Matt Murray to find out more about the people who influenced his career and his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement

最重要的是,我真的很希望看到人们付出更多的时间,以帮助他们进行持久和持久的改变。”阅读Matt Murray的完整访谈,以了解更多有关影响他的职业生涯以及他的思想观念的人。黑生命物质运动


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