Like other sportsmen, rugby player Mathieu Bastareaud decided to speak after the death of George Floyd. In an interview with "L'Equipe", the 31-year-old former international center, who returned to France after an experience in New York, evokes the video of the death of the African-American. “First, it hurts because we see a man in agony, who is begging for his life. And then it freezes the blood when we stop on the look of the policeman, his coldness, "says the former international.
The Lyon player (Top 14) wants to prevent a movement from spreading: "It's not black against white, it's humanity against racists ..."
"It has the color of poop"
"Basta" also denounces the racism of which he was the victim from an early age: "It was in kindergarten. I was 4 years old. I had just arrived in Quincy-sous-Sénart (Essonne). My parents barely divorced and I changed schools. I was the new kid and I remember this kid very well saying to my other comrades: Don't play with him, he's black, he's the color of poop . "
He recounts having known racism in rugby: “In crabos (under 18, with Massy), I remember that one of my partners who played on the wing was treated as a macaque during the whole game by the parents behind the handrail. "
#BlackLivesMatter #BlackOutTuesday ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/1CToUQtffh- Mathieu Bastareaud (@BastaOfficiel) June 2, 2020
“With the Stade Français during the 2010-2011 European Challenge season in Bucharest, Djibril (Camara) had been caught with an opponent. The public had taken him in flu and had uttered monkey cries to insult him! So usually, this kind of thing happens in football but the fact remains that I heard and saw a lot of things that put me out of me. We have heard for a long time that rugby is not like that, but it is wrong. "