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 Once during training a player started in on me – it was soon after the horror of 11/9 in the USA. He said something like: “Hey, there’s an Arab playing with us, I wonder when he’ll set his bomb off”. I was seriously pissed off, so I started a fight with him, which my dad, for instance, couldn’t understand. Eventually I realised that it was useless, this guy was just one of those people who can’t understand that not everyone is the same, and who know nothing about other cultures.

On the other hand I understand, because most people think that everyone who has darker skin is a Muslim and that to be a Muslim means to be a terrorist. People have one really horrible tendency, which is that they immediately lump everyone together without asking whether this Muslim, for instance, is just a normal boy. I would like to do something about it, but it’s impossible.

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