Demba Ba has shed light on the occasions he has had to endure racist abuse while playing football for a number of different clubs, including during his stint at Shanghai Shenhua in China and at Chelsea.
The Senegalese forward explained to Sky Sports that he has been racially abused twice during a game, with one occasion the abuse stemming from an opposition player, the other a member of the crowd.
Ba said: “One time in China, that time in China – he had been banned for six games the player, so he had been found not guilty (of racist abuse) but banned for six games. Try to find some sense in that.
“The second time was the semi-final that I played with Chelsea against Atletico Madrid in Madrid by one of the fans.
Ba handed his Chelsea shirt to a fan who had racially abused him during the game against Atletico Madrid
The former Blues striker then revealed the details of a remarkable gesture he made to the guilty party after the full-time whistle: “You know, after the match, what happened is that I just went and gave my shirt to this fan. I just run all across the field and gave him my shirt.”
Ba explained his reasoning behind the move, claiming the hopefully he could change the values and mindset of the fan in question.
“The way he was happy and smiling, maybe it would change him. I hope it does, then I will be happy that I have contributed to at least changing one person’s mind.”
Sebastian Coltescu allegedly used a racial slur towards İstanbul Başakşehir’s assistant coach, prompting a reaction from Ba and his teammates.
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When asked if he said anything to the fan during the exchange, Ba said: “I just went, I gave him the shirt and I said ‘this is for you my friend’ – that’s it.'”
Ba was also involved in a recent racism scandal in the Champions League, when his İstanbul Başakşehir side took on Paris Saint-Germain in a Champions League group stage…