Racism would just motivate me more, says Ghanaian defender Jeremie Frimpong

Published on: 23 October 2019

Ghanaian defender Jeremie Frimpong says racism motivates him to give off his best rather than to let that affect his playing career.

Frimpong registered an assist on his Scottish Premiership debut for Celtic in their 6-0 win over Ross County and and has vowed to continue working for more first-team opportunities.

In an interview, the 18-year-old opened up on his experience of racism in football and insisted he would not walk off the pitch if he encountered it again.

He said: “In the past when I was younger I did get some of that. I went away with Man City – to Italy – and the fans were being racist.

“It’s come back a bit. The England game v Bulgaria, things like that – what’s the point? It kills the mood, the game of football, it just kills it. I wouldn’t walk off the pitch, no. I would just ignore them and then at the end of the game talk to them and ask ‘why did you do that?’.

“I’ll still play and I’ll play so hard to get a goal. It would just motivate me more. And when we win, I’ll love that.”