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Altidore Says He'll Pray For The People Who Racially Abused Him

posted 30 Jan 2013, 08:18 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 30 Jan 2013, 08:18 ]

AZ Alkmaar striker Jose Altidore remains calm after racial abuse during cup match.

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, NETHERLANDS (JANUARY 29, 2013) -  AZ Alkmaar striker Jozy Altidore said he would pray for the fans who aimed racist chants at him during a cup match against Den Bosch on Tuesday (January 29).

The referee halted the game twice due to the chanting, but Altidore himself asked the game to be continued.

Alkmaar went n to win the game 5-0, with Altidore scoring a penalty.

"It's a bit disappointing that these things still happen in this time that we're in, " Altidore said.

"What are you going to do? You just hope that these people can find a way to improve themselves, you can only pray for them. "

The tie was briefly suspended early in the second half after home fans threw snowballs at the linesmen.

The quarter-final then resumed and Alkmaar went on to complete a resounding victory as the home side finished with nine men.

Altidore, the youngest American to score a hat-trick for his country, put a brave face on the abuse.

He said: "I feel like I have an obligation as a football player, to my club, to my family as well to not react to things like this and to show the club stands better of that and that I was raised better than that too to respond to such ridiculous behaviour.

"It's a bit disappointing because you would hope that we as humanity can grow from these type of times, but at the end of the day, it's still alive racism, and all we can do now is try to educate ourselves, the young kids coming up to be better than that, that's all we can do.

"What do you expect me to do? I'm not going to fight them. They just have some issues and then they just need some help, that's all, you can only pray for them and hope they get better."