“The first few times I remember telling my own story. And I got a really good response in terms of people who said they were with me.”
“There is no job in the world where you deserve criticism for racism,” Bellingham added. “I will never forget That was the first time I had received so many messages.”
Bellingham said there was inconsistency with the way football’s governing body dealt with racism. This is compared to other incidents of misbehavior, as FIFA has official rules that hold clubs accountable for the racist acts of their supporters.
in december The German Football Association (DFB) has fined him $45,000 (€40,000) for comments on referee Felix Zwayer after his side’s 3-2 defeat by Bayern Munich.
The DFB called Bellingham’s comments “unsportsmanlike conduct” because of his comments. “I doubt that the referee will be biased.”
“The club quickly sent someone to message me. and make sure I’m alright And I really appreciate it. A teammate sent me a message. Definitely a family member,” Bellingham said of when he was racially abused.
“I really didn’t get anything from the DFB or the FA or anything like that. And I always compare it to when I spoke about the referee in December.
“They contacted me quickly to file the fine, punish me, and turn it into a big drama in the media.”
“I learned from that. I know I can’t say anything I know sometimes I have to keep my emotions in check,” he said.
“But you know? When you give me more energy than the situation I am I feel like I’m passing … maybe we’re alone and maybe they don’t care. Maybe they don’t care and maybe it’s my job and we have to work independently to get our message out.”
Players or officials engaging in racist remarks or behavior can be punished with a suspension of at least 10 matches or “other appropriate disciplinary measures” according to the latest FIFA Disciplinary Code.
Clubs can be fined at least CHF 20,000 ($20,076) if sponsors exhibit discriminatory behavior. The code will increase. Other penalties include point deduction. Matches without spectators. disqualification of the competition expulsion from the race or relegation to a lower division
In September 2021, FIFA sanctioned the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) for racist behavior on its “many fans” during a World Cup qualifier against England.
The MLSZ was fined $216,000 and ordered to play its next home match against Fifa sanctions without supporters after ITV reporter Gabriel Clark, based at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, said he heard monkeys cry at Raheem Sterling and at Bellingham while he was Prepare to come on as a replacement during England’s 4-0 victory in early September.
CNN has contacted DFB for comment.
Born in 2003 and raised in Stourbridge, England. Bellingham joined Birmingham City FC academy at the age of seven, according to the club’s website.
His parents Denis Bellingham and Mark Bellingham would drive him to practice about five times a week. But it was only when he was scouted for England Under-15s. Only they realized how much potential he had. According to information from the club’s website .
Mark forged a prolific career in non-league football. He scored more than 700 goals over 22 years while serving as Sergeant Major for the West Midlands Police. The website added
During his meteorology on the world stage Bellingham remains confident and stable. What he said would be impossible without family support. especially from his mother
“I talk a lot about my parents and the people who raised me in football. not just in football but also in life,” he said.
“My mother, my father are two of my greatest role models. because they clearly bear themselves what they have to face in their own journey.”
“She has always taught me a lot about how other people view me sometimes because of my skin tone. Sometimes the way we are stereotyped.”
“I think she has to do the things she does to make sure me and my brother don’t need anything,” he said. “I can’t say how much it means to me.
“I have a black woman I live with every day and I see how she behaves,” he added. “My mom is one of my heroes off the pitch. If not the greatest hero.”
It appears Bellingham may share his great talent with his younger brother Jobe, 16, an up-and-coming professional footballer who is also signed to Birmingham City Football Club.
When Jobe made his debut for the club in January, Bellingham paid tribute to him on social media with the caption “Very proud”.
Bellingham celebrates his brother’s success. but is determined to make him aware of the obstacles black players face in football.
“It is important that I make him aware of the challenges he will face from a football perspective and from a competitive perspective.
“I made the other children Looking at me can’t be disappointed,” he said. “I think that makes me very happy as well. and as i said It is a responsibility that I am willing to bear.”
Only five of the 91 managers and head coaches in England’s top four divisions come from black, Asian or ethnic minority backgrounds.
While the proportion of black, Asian and minority players in the UK is around 25%, the figure has not been replicated in recent years when it comes to the powerhouse position in the industry. CNN Football previously reported.
Bellingham said he has worked with a handful of Black coaches throughout his career, including Chris Powell, Michael Johnson, Deon Burton and Dele Adebola.
“I can’t discredit any coach I’ve ever had. Because they are all great for my development,” he said.
“But you know? I thought of this from a different perspective. How to think about opportunities and think about, you know, if I’m not a footballer and I want to be a coach and I want to. This and I want to do that – will I get the same opportunity as some of my white friends?
“Racism … feels like one of those things that will never go away,” he said. “I think there are people in power who can take more responsibility in that fight. And I don’t think they are.”
Bellingham became the second-youngest player to play at Euro 2020 last year when he represented England against Croatia during the group stage of the tournament, according to United’s official website. Fa
The team managed to reach the finals of the prestigious European tournament victoriously. After winning impressive matches with various favorite teams This includes Denmark and Germany. It is the first time a men’s team has reached the final of a major tournament since winning the World Cup in 1966.
amid the global pandemic As many British football fans have just left the UK’s first national lockdown with feelings of sorrow and loneliness. The team tried to unite the country.
But when England lost the Euro 2020 final to Italy after losing 3-2 on penalties at Wembley, The image of the country’s unity was shattered.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were all the subjects of racist abuse on social media by some fans after they missed the penalty in the final. Explain that the harassment “Unforgivable” and “Not What We Stand For”
Reflecting on the match, Bellingham said: “I think the biggest thing out of all the experiences for me is the difference.”
“We show real personality to win games. And it feels like the country is united,” he said. “I know these guys are stupid. and not the whole country against them.
“I’m sure they may have a return of bigger support. But the only contribution they should make is to miss penalties. Not for the racism they received after that.”
“Obviously I’ve spent a lot of time with Jadon, because he’s from Dortmund Bukayo, I’ve spoken to. And Marcus at the camp, and you know … they’re human,” he added.
“And then you see them being pulled down like that. It’s like it’s disgusting. But it’s hard to pick up. To be honest, as a teammate all of a sudden, you know, you’re English for seven games, you miss the pen and you’re fine.
Southgate’s humble and warm management style was celebrated throughout the tournament.
Ahead of Euro 2020, he wrote an open letter to fans titled “Dear England” in which he defended the team’s decision to kneel before the match. to show support against racism
“Gareth Southgate is brilliant. I remember the next camp after the Euros. We love quizzes for tournaments. And he spent a lot of time talking about what happened in that situation,” Bellingham said. “He always brings it to the topic of meetings.
“As a black player You are very grateful for that. You don’t need to deal with it any more. And I’ll keep repeating it, but you know, it’s good to feel supported.”