- Ademola Lookman discusses the No Room For Racism campaign
- Forward shares his experiences of racism and the changes he wants to see
- LCFC dedicated their game against Manchester United to the Premier League’s initiative
The 23-year-old – on loan at King Power Stadium from RB Leipzig – opens up about the online abuse he’s received and the importance of education in schools.
He also believes people need to be held more accountable for their actions and how it is up to us all to make change.
The Foxes were supporting No Room For Racism at their fixture against Manchester United last Saturday, with all Premier League games between 16 October and 24 October dedicated to the initiative.
Discussing the campaign, Lookman said: “We live in an uneducated world where some people unfortunately don’t know about equality, and it’s really sad to see.
“We have roles as footballers to help change this, but there’s so many other people who can also play their part too in helping to create change.
“I don’t think everything should be on the players to do, horizons need to be broadened because like I say there’s so much that we can all do together.”
The former England Under-21s international admits he has been the subject of racial abuse during his career and highlights the need for education to help change this.
“I was shocked in a sense to know there’s people out there who actually think that way and believe what they say.
“It’s not right for somebody to hide behind a screen and be able to send all sorts of messages and get away with it.
“The reason a lot of people post racial abuse online is because of years of being uneducated.
People should definitely be held more accountable for their actions, especially those who are old enough to know what they’re doing and can make decisions for themselves.Ademola Lookman
“We have to get the message into classrooms at an early age because children can then learn over time about history, people and different races and backgrounds.
“People should definitely be held more accountable for their actions, especially those who are old enough to know what they’re doing and can make decisions for themselves.”
Through No Room For Racism, the Premier League and its clubs work with fans, the FA, EFL, PFA, Kick It Out and the police to tackle racism on and off the pitch, promoting equality, diversity and inclusion across all areas of football.
Throughout October, coaches from Leicester City in the Community – the Football Club’s charitable arm – are delivering lessons on Black History Month to hundreds of local school children as part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme.
Leicester City is committed to creating a passionate, inclusive and welcoming environment. Should anyone experience any form of harassment, discrimination or bullying in a Leicester City setting, please contact email@example.com or call 0344 815 5000 (option four).
On a matchday at King Power Stadium, you can speak to your nearest steward, or report any form of discrimination or hate crime by texting FOXES followed by your message and seat details to 60066.
Please click HERE for more information about No Room For Racism.
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