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Thierry Henry laments racism in European football

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Thierry Henry has been through a lot in his long and distinguished career in football. The Frenchman has won countless awards, trophies and plaudits for his contribution to 'The Beautiful Game' in his time at Arsenal, Barcelona and the other sides he has so majestically graced.

Yet for all the accolades, the grim spectre of racism still surrounds him. Henry was called a "black shit" by then-Spanish national team coach Luis Aragones back in 2004 and following it was interviewed in a piece on racism in the European game by Bryant Gumbel of HBO Sports.

Gumbel has done a follow up of the series nine years later, and interviewed Henry again. The French striker sounded completely disheartened when he acknowledged that there had been no change in racism in soccer in the time that passed.

Gumbel asked Henry back in 2005 if he hoped they wouldn't be doing a similar program 10 years down the and he brought it up again this time around.

"I was being an optimist," the 36-year old said with his head resting on his hand. "I said i hope (they wouldn't be discussing it again)."

Henry wasn't surprised the problem persists to this day either. "(Racism) is still going on in society and it is still a problem in society so it will always be in the game."

Jozy Altidore, a former player and Henry's current side the New York Red Bulls, is also spoken to on the trailer clip and documented the sheer abuse he suffered during his time with Villarreal in Spain where he was told to go hang himself.

Sadly, racism is still a problem in football. Just this past weekend, this photo emerged of a woman making monkey gestures at a game, again from Spain.  

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