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Sol Campbell to continue racism fight

Former England international Sol Campbell has told the Guardian he is going to keep on fighting against racism in football until a significant change takes place in the sport.

Campbell hit out at the Football Association in March, accusing the governing body of having a racist attitude, while insisting he would have been Three Lions captain for a sustained period had he been white.

The former Arsenal and Tottenham defender came under fire for his comments from a number of ex-players, with the likes of Paul Ince, Ian Wright and John Barnes all voicing their disapproval.

Campbell, however, is adamant he will continue to speak out on such issues in order to try and improve the game.

"I'm going to keep on talking until things start changing," he told the Guardian.

"Yes, I was a footballer, but there's more to me than meets the eye. I've got more levels. So many levels. I'm not going away."

He added: "I don't want to sit by the edge, like some other guys who have played their game -- earned money, have nice lifestyles, and don't say anything."

Campbell concedes he was disappointed by the lack of black players that supported him after he made his comments about the FA.

"Yes, big time. There's guys who've had bananas thrown at them. You almost say to yourself: who are you? Are you actually black, or what? You've actually gone through it," he said.

"Bananas being thrown, can't get a job in the game. Do you understand what's actually happening to you?"


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