Republic of Ireland international Cyrus Christie has revealed that he was racially abused by a young Irish supporter after a training session in Dublin.
The 27-year-old, who was part of the Fulham side that earned promotion to the Premier League last week via the play-off final, was speaking on dealing with racial abuse throughout his career.
The full-back outlined one particular incident with a young fan while on international duty that left him in shock, with some fellow players refusing to sign autographs as a result.
Speaking on OTB AM, Christie also highlighted that James McClean, often the victim of racial abuse himself, addressed the incident with the squad.
"It was a kid, that's why it shocked me," he said. "It's come from a kid. You don't want to blame the kid because it's come from the parents in my mind.
"What shocked me the most is that obviously he's there with the teacher. The teacher didn't say nothing. She allowed it. Unless you educate these people it's going to keep happening.
"That's what I find scary. You have older generations and they're so stubborn... they're not going to change their mind because if you've been on this Earth for 50, 60 years it's hard to change someone's opinion.
"You've got kids that understand what is going on in this world... they're growing up in a different time now.
"For a teacher, who is in a high position, who is meant to be a carer, for her not to say anything was what shocked me even more. I don't know what's been said around him [the kid] or his education, but it's a kid who I'm sure has enough longevity in his life to know where he went wrong there.
"Hopefully 20 years from now he doesn't have the same opinion."
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