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04.04.2007 Football News



Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o has said he does not take his children to football matches because of racist attitudes in the stadiums.The 26-year-old, who plays for Spanish side Barcelona, said: "It is something that has affected me personally.

"I think players, leaders, and the media should join forces to stop this," Eto'o told sports newspaper Marca.

"In the stands you hear things that are difficult to explain to a child. It is better they are not exposed to this."

Eto'o continued: "No-one should feel looked-down upon because of the colour of their skin, so at this moment in time I prefer my children don't go to football matches."

Last season Eto'o threatened to walk off the pitch after being racially abused by fans in a match at Real Zaragoza's stadium. Zaragoza were fined after the incident.

A number of other Primera Liga clubs, including Atletico Madrid, Malaga, Racing Santander and Getafe, have been fined over the last two years after fans directed racist abuse at visiting players.

The Spanish government has committed itself to taking a hard line on racism in football, after a rise in the number of incidents of abuse directed at players in recent seasons.