Richards admits “walking around Florence I automatically get noticed.”
Manchester City’s loaned-out defender Micah Richards has spoken about his experiences of racism in Italy since moving to Fiorentina for the season.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the former England international admits he gets noticed walking around Florence, though he insists the people are very friendly and that he has not experienced any racism at all since his move there.
Still, he admits it was something of a concern for him before he decided to accept a loan offer from Fiorentina in the summer.
“There are not many black guys in the team, only me and Khouma Babacar, so walking around Florence I automatically get noticed,” Richards said.
“The fans are fanatical. Every time I play, the fans give me encouragement.
“That was the only thing that was going to stop me going to Italy, when you hear the stories about racism, but it’s been totally fine. I don’t know if it’s because Florence is a friendlier place, or because they get so many tourists. I’ve not had one bit of racism, not one little thing.”