Arsenal legend Ian Wright has forgiven a fan who racially abused him in the 1990s after receiving a letter of apology that made him “angry.”
Speaking about his on his Wrighty’s House podcast, the former Gunners forward opened up about the note from Barnsley’s anonymous fan after a colleague passed it to him.
Wright has forgiven a fan who racially abused him in the 90s
“In ’95 I was a victim of racial abuse in Barnsley and it was horrible,” Wright said on the podcast, which is produced by The Ringer.
“People who have been racially abused know humiliation and all the things that go along with it.
He then transmitted the note, which read: “Good evening. I’m just a random citizen, but I’d like to see this happen to Ian Wright for me.
“I support Barnsley FC and I am one of the people who racially abused him during a football game in 1995. He was young and stupid, but those are not defenders.
“The poor man said it was understandable one of the worst nights of his life and I would like him to know that I am completely ashamed of my contribution and I find myself thinking about it a lot. I apologize for what I did. “
Wright was a phenomenal talent and scored 85 goals in 288 games for Arsenal.
The former England striker said the confession ‘made me good’ and told listeners that he had responded by saying: “Listen my friend, there is redemption for everyone.
“What he has done is one of the ways we deal with racism. Not for revenge or violence, but with honesty and maturity ”.
“I am grateful to you for the time you took to send me this email and I don’t hold a grudge against you. We all have a duty to make the world a better and fairer place. “
Wright has been outspoken on the subject of racism in soccer and earlier this year shared examples of the ‘terrifying’ racist abuse he still receives via social media.
Sharing a screenshot on Twitter of some of the abuse directed against him after speaking out about Black Lives Matter, he wrote: “The abuse started a week earlier, the teasing is terrifying. Going back and forth again ”.