34-year-old Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs has admitted to The Sun newspaper that he was the victim of racist taunting whilst a pupil at Moorside High School in Salford.
Ryan whose grandfather came from Sierra Leone, tolerated the abuse but wishes he'd told his teachers and parents.
Speaking in the run-up to United's clash with Roma in the Champions League Ryan said, 'If I could go back in time, I would have done things differently.'
‘As an ambassador for the Show Racism The Red Card movement, Ryan is hopeful the anti-racist message is getting through.
'I hope in ten years’ time we’re hardly ever talking about racism' said Ryan.
‘The Show Racism The Red Card movement is an anti-racist charity established in January 1996 with the aim of using Professional footballers as anti-racist role models. Although racism is on the decline in professional football, it is unfortunately on the increase in British and indeed European society. The aim of the campaign is to combat racism through anti-racist education and professional footballers are showing the way in terms of making a stand and fighting racism.