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SportEngland rugby star Maro Itoje slams coverage of black players who are judged by 'power and speed' rather than skill… and reveals he would not take his kids to watch football because of 'disgraceful' behaviour in the stands

12:20  19 june  2019
12:20  19 june  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Maro Itoje is a doubt for the start of England ’s Six Nations campaign after Saracens confirmed he suffered a broken jaw during the club’s defeat by Itoje left the field early in the second half with blood pouring from his mouth and was taken to hospital where scans have revealed a fracture.

The Saracens forward has taken Premiership and international rugby in his stride but knows the autumn internationals, starting with South Africa Of all the players in contention for Warren Gatland’s squad, none pricks New Zealand’s ears as much as Itoje . Some former Lions have even touted him

England rugby star Maro Itoje slams coverage of black players who are judged by 'power and speed' rather than skill… and reveals he would not take his kids to watch football because of 'disgraceful' behaviour in the stands © Getty (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images for Gallagher)

England rugby star Maro Itoje has opened up about racism in sport and says black players are judged by 'power and speed' - and not skill.

The Saracens lock says 'subtle racism' results in players being judged to different standards based on their colour.

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Maro Itoje has established himself as a star for England and has revelled under the guidance of Wins against Italy and Scotland will draw them level with the mighty All Blacks - the two times World Cup Itoje goes over to the fans after winning back-to-back matches in the Six Nations. "It's a pretty

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Maro Itoje , left, sprints with his England squad-mates during Itoje has played plenty of rugby in the back row and the move would allow Wasps’ Joe Launchbury That also explains the rush to promote Te’o, who is joining Worcester this summer but has yet to play a single game of Premiership rugby .

He said black players are routinely being pigeon-holed for a lack of skill and being 'all pace and power.'

Itoje also backed footballer Raheem Sterling in highlighting the difference between how rich black and white sportsmen are represented.

England rugby star Maro Itoje slams coverage of black players who are judged by 'power and speed' rather than skill… and reveals he would not take his kids to watch football because of 'disgraceful' behaviour in the stands © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Itoje completed a successful season with Saracens by winning the Premiership and the European Cup

This includes their portrayal when splashing the cash to buy their parents a home - one being described as a 'lovely' act, the other being 'flashy and overpaid.'

Itoje was speaking in a candid podcast interview with Alastair Campbell, the ex-Downing Street Press Secretary, and his daughter Grace, a comedian and activist.

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Maro Itoje , centre, makes his presence felt at the England training camp. The back row could claim his first cap against Italy in Rome. “ He ’s athletic, he ’s mobile and he ’s a modern-day forward who can play in the second row and back row at Test level. He has had a fantastic season and he brings a

Saracens believe England players who have come through their academy should be at least partially exempt from the salary cap, which is currently £ “For now the cap is staying level which makes things very difficult. You have that group of players who are available for less than half the time in the

England rugby star Maro Itoje slams coverage of black players who are judged by 'power and speed' rather than skill… and reveals he would not take his kids to watch football because of 'disgraceful' behaviour in the stands © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Itoje also backed England footballer Raheem Sterling in his fight against racist attitudes

Itoje said: 'This is not just about sport. This covers how black people are portrayed in any kind of news, there is always a difference.

'When they report a murder of a white male, it's a teenage boy from a loving family in the suburbs, brutally murdered. When it's a black boy murdered, he was "wearing a hoodie".

'It's the same in punditry - a lot of the time when they describe black players they talk about athleticism, their power, their speed. They don't talk so much about their skill, their deft touch.'

Itoje says he encountered no racism while studying at Harrow and had 'not really' experienced it on or off the pitch as a player, but he has caveats.

'My experience is not the typical experience of a black man in London because sport is one of the few disciplines or institutions based on merit - (it) should be anyway.'

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What did he choose to sing after receiving his first cap – in a ritual where new players are expected to Itoje , who captained England to victory in the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand in 2014, is Itoje celebrates with the Six Nations trophy after England completed the grand slam with victory over

England rugby star Maro Itoje slams coverage of black players who are judged by 'power and speed' rather than skill… and reveals he would not take his kids to watch football because of 'disgraceful' behaviour in the stands © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Itoje was speaking on a podcast with Alastair Campbell (right) and his daughter Grace

And, though he 'can't easily recall' direct racism from opposing fans, he added: 'Racial abuse on the field I have not personally had but I have friends who have, in county rugby growing up.

'I know someone who was abused racially in the Under-20s World Cup, so that problem is not fully stamped out.'

Asked if he would ever consider walking off the field of play if he did encounter the kind of abuse Sterling had, Itoje said: 'I am caught between two minds - nobody should be made to play in front of abusive fans.

'But I am also thinking one, show them; and two, do they win if you walk off?'

England rugby star Maro Itoje slams coverage of black players who are judged by 'power and speed' rather than skill… and reveals he would not take his kids to watch football because of 'disgraceful' behaviour in the stands © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Itoje on the charge for club Saracens during the Premiership rugby final against Exeter Chiefs

It is partly crowd behaviour, as much as the fact that rugby has become his life and career, that ended his love affair with football - that and the realisation that he was 'wasting too much emotional energy' on Arsenal.

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He was told he could only play rugby if he continued his studies. Such was his dominant display that the former Harrow pupil has already earned the The player – who left Harrow with A grades in A-level economics, statistics and politics – was in the choir there and is an avid poet, having taken up

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He added: 'I was taken aback by the way the fans behaved, towards each other, towards the players.

England rugby star Maro Itoje slams coverage of black players who are judged by 'power and speed' rather than skill… and reveals he would not take his kids to watch football because of 'disgraceful' behaviour in the stands © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Itoje is tackled during England's international with South Africa at Twickenham in November

'If I had children, unless I had a box I would not take my child because the behaviour was disgraceful. I saw little kids, 12, 12-year-olds, watching their parents swearing, abusing Arsene Wenger, abusing the players.

'This small boy sees his father do it and so he does it, starts spouting abuse at players, at opposing fans. Horrible.'

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