Hector Bellerin thinks it's 'racist' to ignore other world conflicts

Thu 24 March 2022 | 10:30

The Arsenal wing-back believes it is unjust that similar problems elsewhere in the world receive less coverage.

Hector Bellerin

has criticized why the Russian invasion of Ukraine has received so much attention compared to other global crises. 

The turmoil began in February, and the death toll has been climbing steadily since then, with families compelled to evacuate the nation in search of shelter. 

However, the


right-back, who is currently on loan at

Real Betis

, believes it is "racist" that ongoing conflicts in other parts of the world are not given the same publicity.

“It is quite difficult to see that we are more interested in this war than in others,” Bellerin told 

La Media Inglesa


“I don't know if it is because they are more like us or because the conflict can affect us more directly both economically and in terms of refugees.”

Pointing to specific examples, the 27-year-old said:

“The Palestinian war has been completely silenced, no one speaks about it.

“Yemen, Iraq... now Russia not being able to play in the World Cup is something that other countries have faced for many years.

“It's racist to have turned a blind eye to other conflicts and now to have this position.

“It also reflects a lack of empathy for the number of lives lost in many conflicts and we are prioritising those that are near to us.”


source: SportMob

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