David McGoldrick calls out government on national TV over racism and opens up about abuse he's received
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David McGoldrick calls out government on national TV over racism and opens up about abuse he's received

David McGoldrick has called out the government for their response to racism in football.

The Sheffield United forward spoke about the issue at the weekend after scoring the winner against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League.

Yet on Wednesday, McGoldrick was given a platform to speak about the subject to those not interested in the sport.

Speaking alongside MPs – including Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer – the 33-year-old discussed the problem on Robert Peston’s political show on ITV.

“Racism is always there but we’re never on the front foot about it,” McGoldrick said.


“We wear t-shirts sometimes, we took a knee this year to show a stance. We’ve done loads of things but it’s always still on the backburner.

“Enough is enough. We’ve got to try and do something to stop this because it’s 2021 and this shouldn’t really be going on.”

Just as he did on Saturday following the Brighton victory, McGoldrick compared the response to racism and the European Super League.

The unpopular proposal collapsed within a few days after fans protested and Prime Minister Boris Johnson even spoke about intervening.

McGoldrick doesn’t understand why the same isn’t done about racial abuse.

David McGoldrick on his own experiences of racism

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McGoldrick also said on Peston about why he left social media.

“For me personally, I don’t think I was gaining anything from it,” the retired Republic of Ireland international continued,

“Racial abuse I’ve come across a couple of times. I flagged it one time and I came across it another time. It’s just an ugly place. You don’t want to be going into your phone and looking at those things.

“When I scored my first ever Premier League goal last year, I was on a high at home with my kids. I go into my phone and get a message that left me speechless. The words, the emojis, what I got called. It left a sour taste in my mouth and I think it’s a bad place, social media.”

McGoldrick has been proactive in his efforts to call out and combat racism in football.

It was the Irishman who first initiated Premier League players taking a knee in support of Black Lives Matter.

Now he is coming forwards and speaking openly and honestly on the subject. All while top scoring and impressing for the Blades in what has been a sorry season for them overall.

It’s why we think McGoldrick would make a superb captain should Billy Sharp ever leave. He is a credit to the club and we’re proud he’s one of our own.

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