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Gary Lineker says he suffered racist abuse during football career because of ‘darkish skin’

The Independent
The Independent
 2022-06-21

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Gary Lineker has revealed he suffered “racist abuse” both as a child and during his football career, because of his “darkish skin”.

The England legend opened up on the abuse during an interview with The High Performance Podcast .

“I was a tiny geeky kid with darkish skin and [got] pretty much racist abuse even though I’m as English as they come,” Lineker said.

“Even in professional football I had that a couple of times, [but] I wouldn’t ever name any names.”

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