Kompany: Manchester City captain says footballers under pressure to take a stand

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kompany has won four league titles during his time with Manchester City

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes footballers are increasingly coming under pressure to take a stand against racism from their clubs.

The Belgian has become one of the most high-profile players to voice his concern at playing in leagues that “believe in a racist code”.

In an interview with the Football Against Racism in Europe (Fare) report, Kompany said: “I want all footballers to follow my lead because the boardrooms are a hotbed of inequality.”

He added: “When I decided to speak out, I think football was already becoming complacent.”

Kompany made the comments after the FA was criticised for allowing Andre Marriner to miss Manchester City’s 2-1 loss to Arsenal at the weekend after he used “sour grapes” to deflect criticism of his decision to award the first penalty decision.

FA managing director Martin Glenn responded that players were expected to engage in more social activism.

Video of Kompany at the weekend on “trigger”

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