African Footballer of the Year, Didier Drogba, believes that European clubs discriminate against African players.
The Ivory Coast captain told sponsors mtn.football.com: “I sincerely believe that if you are a black African footballer you do not get equality.
“Even today if one talks with a sponsor about a particular deal or negotiates with a club they will simply tell you ‘accept it – that’s the way it is’.
“For example if a player was part of the France national team instead of being from a black African national side, then the negotiations would be much smoother and, when they concluded, you’d earn more.”
The Chelsea striker claims he has been the target of anti-Africa bias.
“In the world of football an African is not given the same degree of respect as a European or a South American. I’ve been a victim of such biased and unjust negotiations on more than one occasion in my career.
“The difference, today, is that I know what I’m worth and it does not embarrass me to tell people exactly that and to fight for it.”