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Abused Young responded with goals

Abused Young responded with goals (©GettyImages)
Abused Young responded with goals (©GettyImages).

Ashley Young has told how he learned how to "block out" racist abuse at the age of 11.

The England star said he could remember exactly how old he was when he was the victim of the the worst racism he had ever suffered. It was not during September's European Championship qualifier in Bulgaria, where he was subjected to monkey chants. Rather, it was a Sunday league game 15 years ago when he was abused by an opposition player.

"I was 11 years old and was racially abused on the pitch," Young recalled. "It was obviously disappointing to hear it at such a young age. You don't expect to hear it at any age, but when you're a youngster even more so. I turned around, got on with the game and managed to score two goals."

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