Kluivert: I was racially abused while playing in England

The 36-year-old former Netherlands international has admitted for the first time that while he was plying his trade in the top flight that he was subjected to 'monkey' chants
By James McManus & Adam Cottier

Former Newcastle forward Patrick Kluivert has stated that he was racially abused by supporters during his playing spell in England.

The Dutchman played for the Magpies during the 2004-5 season, featuring 25 times in the league during the campaign, and said that fans directed 'monkey' chants at him, something which he regularly suffered with during his playing career.

"Yes as a player absolutely but as long as you don't react and give them your attention then it will probably be less effective," Kluivert told Goal.com.

"If you give them attention they think they are important and that can be a negative towards them.
"Wherever I played I had it, as a player, it was not big but in every part of the world you have some people who are active in racism. In England as well, yes for sure.
"Well if you had the ball they were making monkey sounds or something like that but I was a player and it didn't really affect me but it is not nice to hear it."

When asked how hopeful he was of racism being completely eradicated from the game in the future, Kluivert sounded doubtful, arguing that the challenge ahead was a difficult one but that action was certainly needed.

He added: "Racism is a difficult issue, I hope everybody can stick together and get rid of racism or the people who are active in it.

"I think it will be very difficult because that small part who are involved are a strong part who really stand for their feelings and it is very difficult to get every individual thinking about racism and how it affects the ones who are involved.

"We have to get rid of it, I think it is people who are really stupid and short minded and don't have a heart."