Jurgen Klopp has issued a strong statement against the growing number of racist incidents impacting the beautiful game.
The latest incident saw several Chelsea fans banned from entering the stadium for their UEFA Europa League quarterfinal first leg at Slavia Prague on Thursday.
A video showing a group of ‘fans’ racially abusing Mohamed Salah surfaced online and the fans Chelsea could identify were not allowed in the stadium.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Liverpool on Sunday (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) in a pivotal clash where Salah faces his former club, Klopp did not hold back when discussing the recent problems.
“It’s disgusting,” Klopp said of the Salah incident. “Another example of something which absolutely should not happen. We should not see it as a Chelsea thing or a Liverpool thing. It’s another sign that something is going wrong out there at the moment. It’s still only a few people doing it but the stronger the reaction is from all of us, the more it will help to avoid things like this in the future.
“These guys now are football fans and if you do something like that you should not be able to enter a stadium again, in my point of view, in your life. It’s just a complete misunderstanding of how life should be. All kinds of racism are that some people think they are worth more, more valuable than others. That’s the biggest misunderstanding in the world out there.”
Klopp added that “football is the best example for how different people, different races can work together brilliantly. Go in each dressing room, and you find them all there sitting there together, next to each other and nobody cares about where he’s coming from, who his parents were. It’s never an issue.”
Liverpool’s manager also said that the game has “a strong voice” and “we have to use that strong voice and show that we all think the same. Things like this are not allowed to happen again.”