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Ghana midfielder Draman plays down Russia 2018 World Cup bid

Published on: 01 December 2010

By Patrick Akoto

Ghana international Haminu Draman has doubts over Russia's bid to host the 2018 World Cup finals because of major concerns about racism.

Fifa committee members are due to decide on Thursday which nation will be granted the tournament, with Russian vying with England, Spain/Portugal and Holland/Belgium to get the nod.

But after the verbal racial abuse he is suffered over the past three years with club side Lokomotive Moscow, Draman is concerned about Fifa letting Russia host the World Cup.

"Some people will not like it because of the racism in Russia and I hope everyone knows about it," Draman said.

"I think if the other countries like Africa qualify for the World Cup when it’s hosted by Russia, I think it’s going to be hard for them too, unless these kind of things change here.

"If you play against some clubs that don’t have blacks in their team, especially in Saint Petersburg, it’s crazy. If you are black certain things happen. I’m ok, I just play my game. I am not listening to these people."

Lokomotive was in the headlines for the wrong reason in August when fans put up a banner with a picture of a banana on it, 'thanking' the English club West Bromwich Albion for buying the Nigerian player Peter Odemwingie’.

Russia, which have not hosted the tournament before, are viewed as a leading contender for 2018 rights.


This article has 4 comment(s), give your comment
    December 01, 2010 08:08 pm
    Russians need to come out of the stone age and grow themselves out of the blatant racial prejudice that permeates the society. Whether you are a student, a diplomat, a footballer, no matter what you are in Russia, as long as you are black, you are confronted daily with racial epithets. I think FIFA should think carefully before granting this country the world cup. African teams will have a tough time. It will be too short a time before the world cup (if they get it) for the Russians to learn to be tolerant of other people who are of a different hue.
  • Harry says:
    December 02, 2010 01:59 pm
    Even racism in Germany has redused drastically.Russia should grow.
  • appoere says:
    December 02, 2010 02:04 pm
    WELL SAID COCONUT HEAD, I however think that in spite of all this their stone age racism, they could also learn something good from hosting the tournament. through the world cup they could be taught to know that other countries are out of their racism shelf and the need for them to do same. HOPE RACISM ENDS
  • stef says:
    December 05, 2010 07:54 pm
    Its all politics man! Read more about the world cup soccer 2018 in russia