Bayern star Jérôme Boateng (30) was born in Berlin, is a six-time German champion, winner of the Champions League and in 2014 the German became world champion. Despite this, the central defender was the victim of racial insults, insults and even spitting in his career.
The FC Bayern Munich star spoke extensively about his experiences in his new lifestyle magazine "BOA" (to be published Saturday). "When I warm up at the edge of the field, I often hear people screaming monkeys from the stands, even though I've played so many games for Germany," said Boateng in an interview.
"At a certain point I started to cry"
Even in his youth, Boateng was a victim of racist hostility. "I still remember a cup game at the Köpenicker SC. An opponent's father came to our side and insulted me all the time." At a certain point I started to howl, "he said. In other games, he was also spat.
Currently Boateng feels that the German company is struggling with itself. In his circle of friends and colleagues there is too much discussion about the refugee crisis. Many people, according to Boateng, have repeatedly inserted drawers: "One for the Germans, one for the migrants, and the Germans, whose parents may have foreign roots and are not white, but feel completely German because they grew up here, they are watched with more skepticism. "Boateng's mother is German, her father is from Ghana.
"With a different skin color you always have something to fear"
Boateng knows that as a football star he is in a "luxurious situation" – his concern is with his children: "I also think of the country where my three children grow up". His twin daughters Lamia and Soley (7) still have no experience of racism. However, he wants to talk to them about this subject soon.
Boateng clarifies: "In Berlin and the East, there are some places where I would not allow my daughters to go, like Marzahn or Weissensee". According to Boateng, "there is always something to fear with a different skin color".
Today, the hostility of Berlin is cold, but as a child it hit him hard: "When I was younger, it was brutal, my parents did not tell me about my skin color for a long time." She was not a problem. Then someone suddenly calls you "Hey, my little black boy." My parents told me that some people have problems with my skin color, I could not believe it, it makes no sense for a child. "
This is another reason why the Bayern star is clearly taking a stand against racism. Boateng says: "When the right-wing slogans reach the heart of society, everyone should get up and take a stand." We players get a lot of attention, and it has become increasingly clear in recent years that I am also an ambassador for many people. "