The Media Disrespects The Africa Cup Of Nations – Ex Arsenal Striker Ian Wright

The Media Disrespects The Africa Cup Of Nations - Ex Arsenal Striker Ian Wright

The Africa Cup of Nations is being “disrespected” by some negative media coverage, says former England and Arsenal striker Ian Wright.

The 24-team competition begins on 9 January and will feature a host of Premier League and European stars.

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira is among those to also call for the tournament to be given more respect.

“Is there ever a tournament more disrespected than the Africa Cup of Nations?” Wright said.

On the media coverage around Afcon he claimed:

“There is no greater honour than representing your country. The coverage is completely tinged with racism.

“We played our Euros across 10 countries in the middle of a pandemic and there’s no issue at all. But Cameroon, a single country hosting a tournament, is a problem.

“There are players getting asked if they will be honouring the call-ups to their national teams. Imagine if that was an England player representing the Three Lions. Can you imagine the furore?”

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