Why Arsenal legend felt ‘jealous’ of ex-Manchester United star

first_img latest 3 Eric Cantona is restrained after kung-fu kicking a Crystal Palace fan in 1995 Despite battling against racial abuse at away grounds, Wright was prolific in his six-year spell with Palace and earned a then club-record £2.5million move to Arsenal in 1991.It was four years later when Cantona, playing for Manchester United, famously kung-fu kicked a Crystal Palace fan after being sent off at Selhurst Park.Cantona received a nine-month football ban along with a £20,000 fine from the FA.Former England striker Wright, 55, added: “Every black player had ten times more reasons to kung-fu kick a fan. LATEST ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Ian Wright has spoken out about the shocking racial abuse he received as a player – and says he was ‘jealous’ of Eric Cantona for kung-fu kicking a mouthy Crystal Palace fan.The Arsenal legend signed his first professional contract at Palace as a 22-year-old and recalls tension between himself and his teammates. revealed Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 3 PAYBACK Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 center_img gameday cracker RANKED Ian Wright (left) with former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand scrap Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Speaking in ITV4’s Out of Their Skin documentary, Wright said: “When I first signed for Palace I got abuse in the changing room. It was just an accepted thing to do that.“Steve Coppell had started to assemble a team that were young, vibrant, athletic and there was a lot of tension with the older players at the time.“In training we played blacks against whites, people are flying in, flare-ups. A lot of the time the black guys won, you know. Some of the times there was friction.“Black players had a submissive way about them, in a predominantly white environment. Somewhere along the line you’re going to be the butt of jokes.“If you’re not somebody who is going to laugh and joke about with it, then you’re seen as ‘Oh watch him, he’s got a little bit of a chip on his shoulder’.” tense BEST OF “People say how I felt that night when I watched it. If I’m being totally honest I felt jealous… jealous.“Cantona was allegedly told to f*** off back to France. The guy denied it and was never convicted of a racist charge.“People like Cyrille Regis and Brendon Batson – as wrong as it was what Cantona did – they had ten times more reasons to kick a fan. 3 Wright played for Crystal Palace before joining Arsenal in 1991 SORRY LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos “You couldn’t as a black man try to bring up racial issues and be taken seriously.“‘You’ve got a race card burning a hole in your pocket. You’ve got chips on your shoulder’ – you couldn’t do it.“It took a Frenchman to bring home the issues of racism – a white Frenchman.”Wright’s two-part documentary Out Of Their Skin airs on ITV4 at 10pm on Tuesday, November 27 and Wednesday, November 28.last_img read more