FIFA 2018 World Cup hopeful, William Troost-Ekong has suggested the Super Eagles could boycott any world cup match if any member of the squad faces racial discrimination at the tournament in Russia.
Russian football fans have earned a notorious reputation for targeting colored players and minorities with racial slur a situations Troost-Ekong believes the Nigerian players are aware of.
Nigeria is one of five African teams that will take part in the FIFA 2018 World Cup and the is a tendency the deviants in the crowd could haul verbal slurs at players.
Although the team have not discussed their collection course of action should any player be discriminated against based on their color, the Super Eagles Centre back told Will Unwin [Guardian Sport] that the team will act in unison.
“We haven’t openly spoken about it in the team,” he says.
“Everyone is aware of it but I don’t think until that moment, if it were to come, that you can prepare for something like that. I think if we felt in any way that there was very apparent racism, which everyone would be uncomfortable with, if anyone said: ‘We’re not going to play,’ then the team would make a unanimous decision.
“We have a great team spirit so if one player said they didn’t want to play, everyone would stick with that.”