Willian says Arsenal will let UEFA deal with any racism against Slavia Prague
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Arsenal star Willian admits he is sometimes too scared to look at his phone after suffering racist abuse on social media.
But the Brazil winger will put his trust in football’s authorities to deal with any issues against Slavia Prague, who are currently embroiled in a racism storm.
Willian shared screenshots of abusive messages sent to him on Instagram last month and wants tougher action taken against racists.
He said: “Am I afraid to look at my phone? Yes. Sometimes, to be honest. We are human.
“I want to understand who these people think they are to come to speak like that to us.
“I will never stop my fight against racism. These people, they have to pay for that. I don’t know why they do it.
“It really affects me when they say about my family. When attack your family with words I cannot say here, that hurts. It’s a big problem.
“The first reaction is to delete your social media accounts. But when you take a few minutes to think, it changes.”
Slavia’s Ondrej Kudela misses out on Thursday after being hit with a one-match ban while UEFA investigates claims he racially abused Rangers star Glen Kamara.
Kudela, who later claimed he was assaulted by Kamara, also faces a police probe – and a ten-match ban if found guilty.
Willian said: “I am not going to comment on any other clubs or any other players.
“We have to focus on the game and leave everything else for the authorities. Do we trust the authorities? Yeah, of course.”
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