Africa Cup of Nations: Tournament is Being ‘Disrespected’, Says Former England Striker Ian Wright

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According to Ian Wright, a former England and Arsenal striker, the Africa Cup of Nations is being “disrespected” by some bad media coverage.

The 24-team tournament kicks off on January 9th, and it will feature a slew of Premier League and European talents.

Patrick Vieira, the manager of Crystal Palace, is among those who have called for the event to be given more attention.

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

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.

Former Newcastle, Tottenham and Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong, who won 18 caps for Cameroon, says he recognises the double standard.

Source: BBC Sport

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