Pogba prefers to let his game do the talking in racism fight

Sports | 12 Jun 2019

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba says the best way to quell racist spectators is to perform well on the pitch, not to walk off if there is racial abuse, as some suggest.

The 26-year-old World Cup winner told The Times newspaper that nothing wins people over better than success.

Pogba said he had once handed his Juventus shirt to a fan who had been making monkey noises at him.

"Leave the pitch? You want to play, you want to score for your team," said Pogba. "And at the end they (racist abusers) will come and ask for a picture."

Pogba also responded to critics who say he has not justified his 89.3 million (HK$884.484 million) move from Juventus in 2016. "Because it was the biggest transfer in history at the time, you get judged differently."

He believes his appearance - different haircuts and his body language on the pitch - plays a role in his being pilloried. "It's not a problem when we win. Only when we lose or if I have a bad performance it becomes a problem."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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