Hamza Choudhury reveals how Leicester teammates helped him deal with the racial abuse he suffered after his challenge against Mohamed Salah in 2019, insisting that ‘I felt a lot better knowing you were not alone’
Hamza Choudhury has revealed that the support of his Leicester teammates helped him cope when he was racially abused online.
Choudhury was targeted by social media after a game against Liverpool in October 2019 following his challenge against Mohamed Salah in which his opponent sustained ankle damage, and his club reported it to the police.
Regarding abuse he suffered, the midfielder said: “I screened it and put it in our team group chat. Everyone said how disgusting it was and to state it clearly no matter what I did.
Hamza Choudhury was the target of racial abuse after playing against Liverpool in October 2019
[They said] they regretted that there were such people – ignorant people – who still think it is okay to hide behind fake accounts, or even real ones. I immediately felt a lot better knowing you are not alone.
Being discriminated against [against] something you don’t have a choice in is probably the worst feeling, but my mother taught me that being different is good; loving yourself is so important.
“It can affect you, especially mentally, but my mom taught me to talk about it too. Don’t shut it down no matter how strong someone you feel you are. Everyone has to talk, and everyone has to get it off their chest. ‘
When fans can return to the grounds, Choudhury wants them to report any incidents of racism.
The midfielder suffered horrific assault after his challenge against Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah
Last June, the Premier League launched a dedicated online reporting system for players, managers and their family members to help combat discriminatory abuse on social media.
Choudhury added: ‘Don’t stand for it in any way, in shape or form. Report the person and talk about it. It’s easy to be in a situation and sit in the background and say it doesn’t affect you, but it does.
‘Being a bystander is almost as bad as doing something yourself. So be sure to speak up and do not leave it alone. ‘
Choudhury has revealed how his Leicester teammates helped him cope with the abuse