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The Dutch winger from Spanish giants Barcelona says that players should not have to tolerate abuse, but admitted that it has been commonplace throughout his career

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Netherlands attacker Ibrahim Afellay has admitted that abuse of all kinds is prevalent in a footballer's life, but stated firmly that it is always unacceptable.

Dutch captain Mark van Bommel was left fuming after certain sections of a 25,000-strong crowd reportedly subjected a number of players in the team to monkey chants during Oranje's open training session in Krakow.

Although it remains unclear whether the chants were indeed born out of racial prejudices, Afellay believes the whole squad should unite and take a stand against racism.

"The only thing that you can say is that there are more madmen roaming than trapped," he told De Telegraaf.

"I hear certain things. When you're a footballer, you must be strong, because you hear it all the time: when you enter the pitch, when you take a throw-in, or when you take a corner.

"People say that he's a footballer and he gets paid a lot for it, but that's not how it works."

Uefa has confirmed that they do not plan to launch an official investigation into the incident.

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