Date of publication: Friday, April 12, 2019 11:44.
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that the numerous recent cases of racist abuse in football have been "painful" and have left him "disappointed".
There have been several incidents of racism in recent months, including a series of Chelsea fans were filmed chanting abuse towards Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah before his Europa League match in Prague on Thursday night.
Arsenal has also launched an investigation. after an online video emerged where you can hear a follower racially abusing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly during their Europa League match.
Monkey chants were addressed to England's black players in their Euro 2020 qualifying victory in Montenegro last month, while Aubameyang threw a banana skin at a Tottenham fan as he celebrated his goal in the North's derby. London in December.
There have been many other examples, both at home and abroad, and Aubameyang, speaking after Arsenal won a 2-0 victory over Napoli, admitted that he has been dismayed by recent problems.
"I'm really disappointed about that," he said.
"I had the same problem here against Tottenham, I think when you're black like me it's really painful, because we're in 2019 and, obviously, it's not good for football in England, I hope we find a way to kick it out."
On the pitch, Arsenal took control of their tie with Napoli as an attack by Aaron Ramsey and Koulibaly's goal set them up for the first leg in Italy next week.
It was his fifteenth victory in the last 16 games at Emirates Stadium, after Gunners boss Unai Emery admitted on the eve of the game that he knew his team needed to win this first leg, given the strong contrast of his visitor form compared to The almost perfect race at home.
They lost the two ties away from home in the European League this season against BATE Borisov and Rennes, two teams that do not consider themselves as strong as Napoli, who occupy second place in Serie A.
Arsenal managed to reverse both ties when he returned to north London, but this time they need to defend an advantage while seeking to reach the semifinals for the second year in a row.
Aubameyang believes that the trip to the San Paolo stadium for the second stage is the perfect place to show that Arsenal is capable of winning big games on the road.
"I think we played well last night and it was important to win," he added.
"I think we had a lot of chances to score more goals, but we did not give in and that's a good point, that's really important."
"Now we will go to Napoli with great confidence and we will go there to score goals.
"We know we have some difficulties. We have to improve that. As I said before, we have confidence.
"We had a good result today and we have everything in our hands. We go there and try to win the game.
"If you win there, I think you send a message to everyone. It will be an important game and a good challenge for us. "