Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has opened up in his new book on the verbal abuse he suffered during his youth career.
The 28-year-old, who began his career in Brussels, has revealed in a new biography Vincent Kompany -‘Van Ket tot Kapitein’ that players of different racial backgrounds would receive abuse from the parents of their opponents.
“Our team had lads with African, Turkish and Italian origins,
“Whenever we played matches outside Brussels we got dog’s abuse from our opponents’ parents.
“Boys of 11 or 12 were being called ‘dirty n****r’. They also claimed the African lads were older than the ages in their passports, while the referees did nothing. Racism and inequality make me rebel.
Kompany also added his frustration at not being able to break into the first team of Anderlecht when he was still playing in the Belgium Jupiler League
“I quit playing football for two weeks at Anderlecht. I played well for their youth side but couldn’t break into the senior squad.
“It was always the same story. They preferred the players they’d signed to their own youth products and I found it very hard to accept.”
Kompany, who speaks five languages and captains his club and country, has earned a reputation as one of the more intelligent and eloquent footballers. But he wasn’t a model student as his schoolwork suffered after his parents separated, saying:
“I can imagine the teachers found me pretentious. Sometimes I was wrong, sometimes I was right.
“My parents split up when I was 14. I couldn’t understand why and it hurt. Luckily, I knew other kids with divorced parents, so I didn’t feel alone and I took refuge in football.
“My father lost his job, I was thrown out of school and had to repeat a year and lost my place in the Belgium youth team.
“I had problems with teachers and coaches, hung out more on the streets and had friends who misbehaved.”
Meanwhile, reports have claimed that Kompany is expected to sign a new six-year deal at the Etihad Stadium.