England midfielder Ashley Young has revealed he was first racially abused on a football pitch at the age of 11.
The revelation comes at a troubling time for football after a series of players have reported being racially abused during their stay in the Ukraine and Poland for Euro 2012.
Some players have even threatened to walk off the pitch if it happens during a game.
The Manchester United midfielder told The Sun on Sunday: “I was 11 years old and was racially abused on the pitch.
“It was another player, I’m not too sure what happened to him. But I was just a youngster. It was obviously so disappointing to hear it at such a young age.