Old-Fashioned And Modern Racism In Football

Cyrille Regis was one of the first black footballers to represent England, making his debut as a substitute against Northern Ireland in 1982.

In his autobiography, My Story, Cyrille recounts opening fan mail in the dressing room and seeing that one message, made up of letters cut out from a newspaper, said “if you put your foot on our Wembley turf you’ll get one of these through your knees.” Also in the envelope, wrapped in a cotton wool pad, was a bullet. Amazingly, after the initial shock, he laughed about it.

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