Anthony Ujah has backed a “walk-out protest” by the Super Eagles if any player was racially abused in Russia during a World Cup match.
In a recent interview Super Eagles defender, William Troost-Ekong admitted a walk-out is an option the team would consider if any member of the squad was subjected to racial slurs.
Nigeria will make its sixth world cup appearance in Russia where the team will play against Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D.
The reputation of Russian football and fans took a hit recently after it emerged two black France national team players were racially abused during an international friendly, but the world cup host were left off the hook by FIFA with just a slap on the wrist fine.
Ujah who himself was in the center of a racial discrimination case in the German Bundesliga last season says he expects football bodies and players to take a tougher stance.
The former Warri Wolves player believes the world cup; which is a global stage, is the best platform for players to show their discontent with the shameful acts of discrimination based on color.
‘There’s no bigger statement than to walk off the pitch in protest against racism. No world cup game has ended abruptly, but with the global attention if players do it; to protest racism I support,’ Ujah told Brila.net
‘I do not advocate it and I don’t think FIFA will support it, but Players must do something about it. Racism may live beyond our time but we need to make a strong statement.’