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After months of abuse in the public gallery, Spurs winger Harry Kane has spoken out to try to end racism in football.
At the end of an emotional Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United following a 1-0 defeat for Spurs, the Premier League’s leading scorer came out in support of Kane and other victims of racism in football.
On Twitter, Kane revealed that he was abused by an audience which he said consisted mainly of “white lads” at a recent friendly against the Netherlands.
Kane, who was at the game with the England team, wrote: “I’m really not happy that some of my best friends in the world haven’t realised the problem of racism.
“The whole situation has been blown up out of proportion, but that’s not me being a hero. People have to understand when they’re in a public place, especially with the amount of people that have been in the crowd, some have just been looking to have a bit of a laugh.
“If I had said it was ok in the first place, it wouldn’t have happened. The only way to take a joke is to laugh it off.”
Kane also spoke about the abuse he had received during a game against Newcastle United earlier this season, in which he was targeted by racist abuse after being substituted by the Newcastle player Ayoze Perez during the game.
“I think people have to understand that football is an exciting place where you get to see the best players in the world play against each other,” Kane explained.
“But there’s always going to be good and bad people. The thing is people have to accept that there are a lot of different races and backgrounds in football. It’s not black and white, but that’s what the world is.