Former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o has claimed that he suffered at the hands of racist abuse during his time at Stamford Bridge, according to CaughtOffside.
However, the Cameroonian striker, now at Sampdoria, revealed that the abuse did not come from the stands, and rather from a jewellery store in London’s upmarket west end.
“I went to go buy a watch at a jewellers, not too far from my house. The watch I wanted to see was expensive. I asked the saleswoman — who was also black — ‘Could you show me that watch please?'” he said.
“First, I saw her turn to her co-workers like, ‘Uh, what should I do?’ Eventually, she let me see the watch. I looked at it and said, ‘OK, I’ll buy it.’ I took out my credit card and when she went to go run it through the machine, she came back and said it was declined.
“Was it declined or did you not want it to be accepted?”
“The woman then slipped up and said, ‘No, it’s just that we had some Nigerians in the store the other day who came in with fake credit cards.’
“I don’t know if you can imagine the weight of what she said. If one of my own makes a mistake, they judge us all. I don’t think she’s a racist person, but she stereotyped all black people as ‘those people’.”