American Teen Chris Gloster Racially Abused While Playing For Hannover 96 U-23s
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Chris Gloster, a 19-year-old American left back, started for Hannover II, Hannover 96’s U-23 squad, against VfB Lübeck on Wednesday.
It wasn’t a happy match for the teenager.
Gloster was subjected to racial abuse, including yells of “monkey” shouted at him. After the match, he was in tears, according to a statement Hannover 96 released on Thursday condemning the actions of the Lübeck fans.
Michael #Tarnat, Leiter der @96Akademie: "Chris saß nach Abpfiff mit Tränen in den Augen in der Kabine und war fix und fertig. Er ist während des Spiels dauerhaft und massiv beleidigt worden. Hier wurden Grenzen weit überschritten." #H96 #NiemalsAllein— Hannover 96 (@Hannover96) April 18, 2019
This was yet another example of black players being racially abused in European football this year. Sadly, Gloster has had to join the ranks of Kalidou Koulibaly and Moise Kean. He probably won’t be the last as nationalist politicians stoke racial fears across the globe.
On top of being off in a foreign country as a teenager, being subjected to abuse from crowds is just horrible.
Fortunately, Chris Gloster has some support with other young African-Americans playing in Germany now, such as Chris Richards, Weston McKennie and Haji Wright. Many of his teammates with the USMNT youth squads tweeted words of encouragement to Gloster.
— chris richards (@eastmamba) April 18, 2019
— Ben Mines (@bmines10) April 18, 2019
Disgusted, especially at the fact it happened to my lil bro, shows how much farther we have to go as HUMANS. I’m behind you and keep your head up, DONT let hate steal your joy. There’s no place for racism in this beautiful game. Stay up fam #SayNoToRacism https://t.co/LwllcBVwjX— Mark McKenzie (@markmckenzie4_) April 18, 2019
— Uly Llanez (@uly_soccer7) April 18, 2019
— Alex Mendez (@aleexm21) April 18, 2019