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Senegal’s striker Balde happy with career in Kuban
January 21, 2014
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MOSCOW: Senegal international striker Ibrahima Balde, who is currently playing with Russian Premier League side Kuban Krasnodar told the press on Monday that he has never faced any incidents of racism in Russia.

He also added that he felt comfortable in Kranodar.

“When I received a proposal to join Kuban everybody told me that Russia - it’s mafia, racism at the stadiums and in the streets, vodka, severe frost and bears,” Russian daily Sport Express quoted the 24-year-forward as saying.

“But in practice everything’s completely different. I repeatedly faced racist insults when I played in Argentina, while here in Russia I feel safe. I’m quite at home now at Krasnodar.” In 2006, the Dakar-born forward joined the youth team of Argentinos Juniors football club. He has also played for Buenos Aires’ outfit Velez Sarsfield before joiniing Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in 2008.

Balde has played for another Spanish top-flight side Osasuna before going to Kuban Krasnodar in a transfer move in 2012.

“When I went to Argentina I could never imagine how many troubles and personal insults I would have to experience because of my skin colour there,” Balde added.

“Here in Krasnodar I’m really comfortble. I’m living in a friendly atmosphere both at the club and in the city.”

Agence France-Presse

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