American Teen Chris Gloster Racially Abused While Playing For Hannover 96 U-23s

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.

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. 

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