Accam narrates ‘traumatic’ racist abuse experience

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The Chicago Fire has called on stiffer punishments to curb the menace as he sheds light on a personal ordeal

Ghana attacker David Accam has revealed being victim of racist abuse during his time with Swedish topflight Helsingborgs.

The winger spent two years in the Scandinavian country, where he initially played for Ostersund.

He left for the USA in 2015 following a stellar campaign in the Allsvenskan, where he netted an incredible 17 league goals in 25 outings in his final year.

“I have suffered racial abuse in my career before and that happened in Sweden,” Accam told Ghana Soccer Net.

“We played Syrianska in the Swedish league about three years ago and all kinds of noise and names-calling were flowing from everywhere.

“It was traumatic, but I knew why I was in Sweden and stayed focused. Even though it was difficult, I just had to concentrate on my game because that is why I went to Sweden.”

Many top players have suffered abuse in recent times, heightening calls for more stringent measures to tackle the canker.

Accam quite agrees with his international teammates Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng, both recent victims, who have called out Fifa for not doing enough to kick out the menace.

“A lot must be done to handle issues of racism in football,” said, the 27-year-old.

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“Charging clubs to pay $5000 for racist acts is nothing to stop the canker. Stiffer measures must be employed to handle the situation.”

Accam is currently on the books Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire.


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