“Despite my knee, I still encounter racist slurs on the Internet EVERY DAY,” says Troy Dini.

Troy Deeney hoped that professional footballers’ public stance against racism could end the torrent of abuse black players face.

Yet the racist bile continues to hurt the game he loves and society at large.


Troy Dini reveals he receives racist slurs online every dayCredit: Sun
The Watford Football Club Hero Believes The Kneeling Players Helped


The Watford Football Club hero believes the kneeling players helped “create a conversation” about racism, but believes “not enough change” to show it.Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd.

Sun columnist Troy, 33, is still being abused “30 to 40 times a week,” he said.

Some attack him on the street while Troy is minding his own business, but most are on social media.

The Watford football club hero, who now plays for Birmingham City, says he faced a brick wall after reporting the abuse to the online giants.

Now Troy, a father of four, is campaigning to have black, Asian and ethnic minority history taught in schools.

He launched a petition and sent an open letter to the Minister of Education, Nadhim Zahavi, highlighting “the importance of early education for identity formation and combating racist beliefs and stereotypes.”

He writes: “Like my mother always tells me: “You can’t understand where you are going if you don’t understand where you came from.” This is a problem that I do not want to repeat for my children.

“We need to pave the way for long-term change for our children as I believe the current system is failing ethnic minority children.”

Troy draws experience from his own upbringing while handling the case.

At Troy’s tough Birmingham comprehensive school, Archbishop Grimshaw’s School in Chelmsley Wood, black history lessons were reduced to watching an American-made mini-series about slavery.

Troy said in an interview with Zoom: “They brought a VCR and said, ‘Here, look, Roots.’ It was about it.”

There were no lessons about ethnic minority authors or the British Empire, and little to “empower” the boy from his past.

Troy was left with the feeling that he was doomed to failure. He was expelled from school, leaving at the age of 15 without passing exams.

He said: “I had problems all the time – too many small detentions, and I was kicked out of class for being stupid.

“I think I held the record for the most arrests you could get in one year. I was not allowed to take exams, but I was allowed to play in school football games.”

Now the fussy attacker is trying to prevent the next generation of teenagers from suffering the same fate: being expelled from school and missing out on learning.

He added, “I wasn’t taught by people like me. If we talked about race and slavery, it was an American problem.

“There was no one I heard about in class who made me think I could succeed.”

Troy’s talent for football took him from what was then the largest municipal building in Europe to shaking hands with Prince William ahead of the 2019 FA Cup Final.

But now he wants to make his mark as a champion of equality.

Troy credits the kneeling players for helping to “create a conversation” about racism, but believes there are “not enough changes” to demonstrate this.

Footballers here began to kneel before the start of the match after the death of George Floyd in the United States. A 46-year-old black man was killed in May 2020 by white police officer Derek Chauvin in an event that sparked protests around the world.

For the time being, the teaching of the history and experience of ethnic minorities in England is optional and the choice is made by individual teachers and schools.
Black history will be added to the curriculum in Welsh schools from September this year.

As part of his campaign, Troy commissioned a YouGov poll where 80% of teachers surveyed agreed that “presenting more culturally diverse, representative topics is vital and enriching.”


He said: “Despite the government’s claims that various topics are already included in the curriculum and sufficient teacher training is provided, this is clearly not the case and there is support and desire to do more.”

He added: “The current system in England is failing ethnic minorities. This is not about expelling Sir Winston Churchill from the school curriculum or forgetting about World War II. It’s about adding more varied topics to children’s lessons.”

Troy wrote in his letter to the Secretary of Education: “As a proud father of four children, three of whom are currently in the education system, this topic has taken center stage in my own life.

“I’m becoming more and more convinced of how important it is for my children to see themselves in what they are taught and learn about the contributions and backgrounds of people who are like them.”

The footballer said he would be more than happy to meet Mr Zahavi to discuss the campaign, adding: “He can call me now and I’ll go.”

And what kind of “football stuck” brick bats is Troy sure to get from online trolls?

He said, “I get abuse every day anyway, that comes with the territory.”

Troy Petitioned And Wrote An Open Letter To Education Minister Nadhim Zahavi.


Troy petitioned and wrote an open letter to Education Minister Nadhim Zahavi.Credit: Mega agency

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