Veteran broadcaster Clive Tyldesley says football authorities must listen to affected parties like Everton striker Moise Kean in their ongoing bid to combat racism in the sport.
Tyldesley was commentating for ITV in Sofia last week when a handful of England players were subjected to racist abuse during a European Championship qualifying match against Bulgaria.
He viewed the Three Lions’ handling of the issue – reporting discriminatory chants to match officials and halting the game – as a “step forward”.
And Tyldesley, formerly lead Everton commentator for Radio City, insisted the “absolutely outstanding” banner unfurled at Goodison Park in support of Kean last month “sent a fantastic message”.
Teenager Kean was the target of racist chants when playing for former club Juventus last season.
"The banner unfurled for Moise Kean here was absolutely outstanding," Tyldesley told evertontv.
"It sent a fantastic message to a very young man, away from home in a strange environment trying to make his way in the world.
“We have to listen to people like Moise Kean, talk to them, listen to them and try to understand how it feels.
“Until I can understand better how it feels and what can be done, the answer to a lot of the questions you ask me is, ‘I don’t really know, but I want to know more’.
“I think that is the best attitude for anybody watching on, who feels bad about it and as if they want to do something: let’s listen and try to move forward together.”
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