Divock Origi has opened up on how he was once left in tears after being racially abused whilst on the pitch as a youngster.
The Liverpool forward suffered the heartbreaking treatment aged just 12 whilst playing in the youth teams at Genk, where he started his career.
Genk were beating Waregem at the time when the father of an opposing player began targeting Origi.
Discussing his saddening account of the incident to Bleacher Report , Origi recalled: “He was standing there. Older, Caucasian guy, grey hair, just yelling at me. He was racially abusing me, calling me all sorts of names.
“I remember looking at him and the more I looked at him, the more he went aggressive.
“Saying that I’m older because of my skin colour, because I was taller. Even me saying what he said is a bit painful, that’s how deep it went.
“Literally racially abusing me and comparing me to things that are not human – and it’s not even that I looked at him badly or said anything wrong.
“I tried to continue the game but I couldn’t so I broke down crying.
“It’s the first time I broke down ever in front of a lot of people.”
Origi, 25, went on to explain how his own father had not been at the match, but advised him to not let the man’s words affect him and to continue embracing who he was as a person.
Asked what he would have told the younger version of himself, Origi added: “My message to 12-year-old Divock would be to keep on going keep shining your light.
“People are going to try and dim it. So just be courageous.”
Like all Premier League clubs, Liverpool have been fully supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement since the restart.
Liverpool were in fact the first club to show solidarity with the movement by taking a knee on the pitch at Anfield – an action which has been repeated in every Premier League match since.
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