- People are worried about racism in Russia during the World Cup, but people are convinced that racism in South Africa is way worse
- A retired football player who lived in Russia gave his opinion on racism in Russia
- He feels that South Africa has worse racism than Russia
Macbeth Sibaya, the former Bafana Bafana player stated that he feels that racism is much worse in South Africa than in Russia.
Sibaya spent 7 years in Russia playing football for FC Rubin Kazan.
He has experienced life in Russia as a black person and in his opinion there is no racism towards black people in the country. He admitted that there were problems, but not such as in South Africa.
According to an interview by BBC, Sibaya said the Russians were only curious towards him as an African.
He compared the experience to what he lived through in South Africa and felt he was worse off in South Africa.
Racism is a system and I didn't see a system directed at hating blacks.
I'm not denying that it [racism] happens but I am saying I live in South Africa I know racism it's not like that in Russia.
Sibaya remembers going to Russia.
The welcome I got in Russia was quite good and strange at the same time because you were going to a country where people are not used to black people.
At that time I had dreadlocks so they wanted to touch my hair and see if it's real or how does it grow to be this shape and this colour.
So I had to do a lot of explanations on how I got my hair to look like that. They were just interested to know an African.
South Africans feel that racism in South Africa is a big problem. As is the norm these days, they turn to social media to voice their opinions.
The Guardian reported that racist and homophobic chants was on the rise in Russia before the World Cup. Supporters travelling to the country were being issued with details of an emergency WhatsApp helpline to report any issues or request urgent help.
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