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Indignation against the front page of “Marca” on the “African roots” of European footballers


AfricaPower “, can we read in large yellow letters, on a purple background in the shape of the African continent decorated with shadows of dromedaries, lions and trees of the savannah. The influential Spanish daily “Marca” made its cover this Monday, June 27 on the ” new recruitment strategy from Real Madrid and sparked controversy on social networks, which denounce the racism of the press title. And for good reason: the six players on the cover are all Europeans, born in Europe.

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One minute of verification is enough to realize that Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Aurélien Tchouaméni are French born in France, David Alaba is Austrian born in Vienna and Antonio Rüdiger is German born in Berlin. Only Eduardo Camavinga, a player for the France national team, was born in Angola – his family moved to France when he was just a few months old and he grew up in Brittany, obtaining French nationality at 16.

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To justify its questionable editorial choice, the newspaper explained that the six players photographed ” brag ” themselves ” to have African roots although they grew up far from the continent “.

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On social networks, dozens of Internet users and press titles have cautiously mentioned this ” controversy », « controversial ” Where ” annoying “. Others put their feet in the dish, like the journalist and presenter of RMC Sport Salim Baungally, who denounced the association of racist ideas of the press title, which associates the skin color of the players with an African identity: “ What is this front page of “Marca”… they are black and Arab, so Africans? »

On his Twitter account, France 2 journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi recalled that none of the players had ever played in Africa, before considering that “most outrageous” was to act as if the Real Madrid football club had “a new recruitment policy”implying that players “have different bodies”.



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