Andy Cole opened up on a variety of topics to do with racism in football as he set out his case to become the new chairman of Kick It Out. The former Manchester United , Newcastle United and England striker is determined to make a change to at the top of the English game, and wants to be the man to succeed Lord Herman Ousley as the figurehead of the organisation that battles to combat the alarming recent growth of racism in the game. Speaking to Mirror Sport’s Darren Lewis, Cole opened spoke on a number of topics including players walking off the pitch when they hear racist chants, Liverpool’s handling of abuse suffered by Mohamed Salah and Leonardo Bonucci’s comments about his Juventus teammate Moise Kean.
Cole wants to make big changes
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— Walking off: “John Barnes might disagree but we’ve all got different opinions and I’m all over that. “The racists are not winning if you walk off. How are they winning? They are hurting themselves. You walk off, they’ve got to address it. You walk back on, start playing, they start again, you walk off. Who is it hurting? It’s not hurting the players is it? It’s hurting the people who come to watch football. FIFA/UEFA protocols: I like that. Infantino is telling the referees to do it properly. it is then down to the referees to do it. If they don’t, we ask him a question: ‘Why haven’t you implemented what you’ve been told to do?’ And he has to answer it.
Mohamed Salah was recently the target of a vile racist song
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Mo Salah abuse: “ Liverpool came out quite strongly with their statement. Chelsea didn’t allow the fans who abused him into the game. I like that. Your standpoint comes from your club. Liverpool are now not accepting that. Mo Salah comes, plays his football, scores goals, plays well for Liverpool. Why should he have people on his back because he’s a different religion or a different colour?”
Selective hearing: “I’m sitting there and I’m watching these boys on tv and everyone hears what’s going on. So I get frustrated when they say: ‘You have to wait for the referee’s report’ or ‘The manager didn’t hear it’. When you play or your on the touchline you can hear everything.
Bonucci said Kean was partly to blame for the abuse
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Leonardo Bonucci criticising Moise Kean: “Bonucci’s a disgrace. I couldn’t believe that. “He is bang out of order. You’re an established star. An Italian national team player. You’ve gone back to Juventus . He’s your team-mate, he didn’t start it. So how could it be 50-50? He scored a goal and he celebrated and you’re saying he’s half the problem? His only problem was that he scored and they didn’t like it. They’d been giving him dog’s abuse. What Bonucci is saying: ‘When you score, don’t celebrate.’ Disgrace. Education: “Do you know how long we’ve been talking about education? The world is a cosmopolitan place. We have a melting pot of different cultures, colours. Don’t tell me anything about education now. Please. A lot of these people – just like the one at Chelsea who abused Sterling – they are not simple people. He is not a simple man. He’s of a certain age, he’s got a good little job. Don’t tell me about education.
A banana was thrown at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in December
Banana at the north London derby: “Of course I was shocked. That was John Barnes’s time. Before him it was Cyrille’s time. So to be sitting here now, in this day and age talking about bananas on the pitch? Come on. Ludicrous.
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