Denzel Dumfries says he often has to deal with racism in full stadiums. PSV‘s rightback was present in June at the big Black Lives Matter-demonstration in Rotterdam and hopes that as a well-known footballer he can play a role in the fight against racism.
Dumfries says they have to deal with racist remarks on a regular basis. “In normal life and especially in stadiums,” he tells Football International. “I think you can never completely eliminate it from football, because there is always a small bunch of people who do this. For goalkeepers like Andre Onana and Yvon Mvogo it is sometimes really intense, because they are always in the same place.”
The captain of PSV himself is also frightened by the things he gets to hear. “I experience it myself. If we have a corner and I’m really going to listen to what‘s being called, that’s awful. It really scares you, it‘s really not normal.”
As a professional footballer Dumfries thinks he can play a role in the fight against racism. “For me, racism is always an item that I don’t keep my mouth shut about and am very spoken about. As an athlete and well-known person, it is sometimes good to make your voice heard. Because Memphis, Georginio Wijnaldum, I, but also others, did so, other young athletes dared to speak out.”