Arsenal Football Club legend and former Crystal Palace striker, Ian Wright, has said he is disgusted that someone with the mindset of David Kitson could be hoping to lead the association of former professional football players.
Dave Kitson, who featured for several clubs like Reading, Sheffield United, Oxford United, and Stoke City, appeared to be making excuses for those who subjected Raheem Sterling, a current England international playing for Manchester City Football Club, to racist comments on a TalkSport radio programme on Sunday 9th December, 2018. Kitson said players behave in a way that makes them vulnerable to racial abuse, by their flamboyant showoffs on social media.
He said, “We have a duty of care to ourselves as footballers, to be careful with social media.” Adding later that “I do believe players make themselves a target.” (See video)
Kitson Having his opinion on the racial abuse suffered by Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.
Wright today, was furious about the character dispositions of Mr Kitson, and was particularly appalled by the opinion of his fellow retired professional, that Kitson has a tendency for blaming victims of abuse. The Tweet.
He said: “Look at this rubbish. Same person now running to lead the PFA!!!! How can the PFA claim to take racism seriously when this is a candidate’s views?? …He’s literally blaming a victim of abuse saying they bring it on themselves…”
Dave Kitson, a physically imposing figure, had his most success at Reading Football Club. He once on a social media platform, compared the insults he faces from rival fans due to the colour of his hair, to racism.
Wright’s anger is coming at a time that the PFA is being criticized for not coming hard enough on issues of racism. And the volatile situation with the Brexit makes it an uneasy period for racial diversity in sports in the UK.