Odion Ighalo on racism: Manchester United striker ready to walk off if he gets abused again

Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo says he is prepared to walk off the pitch if he is racially abused again in his career, after revealing he was called “all sorts of names” by an opposition player in China.

Ighalo, on loan from Shanghai Shenhua, reported the abuse to the Chinese FA but after no action was taken he decided to “let it go”.

The 30-year-old, who has called for “justice to be done” following George Floyd’s death in US police custody, now says he would be ready to take further action should he be subjected to racist abuse on the football pitch.

“If it happens to me I would report it to the referee and see what they do, but if they don’t take action about it then I’m going to walk off because it should not be done to any player or anyone in the world,”.

“In one game in China I got called all sorts of names and after the game, I didn’t shake his hand. I walked straight into the dressing room, I was angry, I reported it to the FA.

“I didn’t press forward with it, I just let it go because I’m just this kind of guy. I don’t like to drag issues out. But I don’t think it should be condoned in any country.”

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