The last few months have seen the witnessed protests against police brutality on people of colour, and a Victor Anichebe has revealed his own ordeal with UK police
Former Super Eagles star, Victor Anichebe, has hit out at Merseyside police after he was pulled over while leaving a gas station.
Anichebe, who is currently clubless, revealed he was disgusted in their actions as it is not the first time he would be in that situation, and he is tired of being a victim of racial profiling.
Back in May, there were wild protests worldwide after George Floyd- a 46-year-old black American man, was killed in Minneapolis as a result of Police brutality.
Speaking in an interview with Skysports, Anichebe revealed he would not have been bothered by the stop and search before, but he had to react because of events that have happened over the last few months.
“A lot of the times, I am a lot more cool and level-headed but because of everything that is going on I am just tired,” said Anichebe of his reaction to being stopped by the police.
“They shouldn’t have even pulled me over for starters. I was only coming out of a petrol station [and] they were pulling into the petrol station.
“They did a U-turn and followed me for a good five minutes. That is a long time when you are driving. They pulled me over and said I drove over a kerb of something.
“I told them every single thing that I thought. I said it is a joke, a disgrace and it is only because I am black and driving a nice car that you are pulling me over.
“They just kept saying the same thing, that this is routine and I shouldn’t be angry. But we are, we are all angry. We are tired of all the things that are going on.
“We don’t want people to feel sorry for us, I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me that any of this is happening. I just want things to start changing and it has to change pretty soon too.”
However, despite his experience, Anichebe revealed he wants to change the way blacks are viewed, and he’s also interested in owning a football club.
“We have to have a seat at the table to really effect change,” Anichebe said.
“We can’t try and affect change from the outside and looking in. I have seen a couple of players say they want to become CEOs or sporting directors and I think that is what we need to do.
“We need to aspire to these positions. But also, when we aspire to these positions [we then need] to get an opportunity to be in these positions. All of us together have a big role to play.”
“I would like to go down that route of owning a team.
“I do have a group of people that are quite wealthy guys and together we could come together and go down that route.”
He added: “I don’t see why we can’t all come together [as players] and buy clubs. I do think that is another way to really affect change. Instead of wanting change, we can be the change ourselves.”
Anichebe has been without a club since he left Chinese football club in 2018, but has expressed interest to return to English football.