Didier Drogba has slammed the racist abuse he suffered on Sunday, when his Turkish club, Galatasaray, lost to their local rivals Fenerbahce.
The Ivorian icon and his countryman, Emmanuel Eboue, were subjected to monkey chants by the Fener fans. And Eboue was reportedly struck by a banana thrown from the stands.
After the match, Drogba took to the Gala website to lambaste the Fener fans for their narrow mindedness and hypocrisy.
He pointed out how they have been happy to cheer for him at other points of his career, and how they were obviously delighted when Cameroon international, Pierre Webo, a black man, scored both of Fener’s goals in their weekend win.
"You call me monkey but you cried when Chelsea beat Fenerbahce in 2008, you called me monkey but you jumped in front of your screen when I won the Champions League," Drogba wrote on the Gala website.
"You called me monkey but you got mad when I became champion with Galatasaray and the saddest thing is you called me monkey and forgot that you jumped when my 'monkey' brother scored twice yesterday... and you call yourself a true fan? Check all the Galatasaray fans comments and learn from them."
It has been yet another bleak weak for European football, which remains a bastion of racism in sport.
First Mario Balotelli was abused by Roma fans in Italy, and then Drogba and Eboue were victims in Turkey.
Fortunately, in Drogba’s case at least, the racist fans have not bargained with dealing with a genuine hero of world sport.
Drogba is head strong, articulate and intelligent, aside from being arguably Africa’s greatest ever striker.
He is a role model and peace maker, and the Neanderthal actions of a few racist Europeans will never drag a man the stature of Didier Drogba down.