Former African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto’o claimed today March 12th that he tried to buy an expensive watch in a west London Jewellers but was refused by the sales rep because some Nigerians had come into the store the other day with fake credit cards.
Eto’o, who is the 7th-richest footballer currently playing, said he asked her:
“Was it declined or did you not want it to be accepted?”
He told CNN:
“My brother asked, ‘What’s going on?’ And she said, ‘Nothing, nothing.’ But he said, ‘No, because when I came in, I saw how all of you were looking at us … My brother can afford this and the way you’re treating him shows that you think just because he’s black, he can’t afford this watch.’
“The woman then slipped up and said, ‘No, it’s just that we had some Nigerians in the store the other day who came in with fake credit cards. I don’t know if you can imagine the weight of what she said. If one of my own makes a mistake, they judge us all. I don’t think she’s a racist person, but she stereotyped all black people as ‘those people’.”