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Walters recalls sickening abuse.

FORMER Liverpool winger Mark Walters has spoken about the sickening racist abuse he suffered during his playing career.

Walters won three titles with Rangers prior to moving to Anfield for PS1.25million in 1991 but his early days in Scotland were blighted by appalling scenes as monkey noises were aimed at him and he was pelted with bananas.

"Bananas, darts, golf balls - I even remember a pig's foot," recalled Walters at a Show Racism the Red Card event in Glasgow.

"I had all manner of things thrown at me, but that was 30 years ago and it's against the law to do it now. It wasn't nice but my drive was so high nothing would have stopped me from playing anyway, whatever they would have done I would have kept playing.

"It crossed my mind when you're seeing darts a metre from your feet and golf balls you think: Is my health worth this, just for a game of football? Of course it crosses your mind. I didn't want to be blinded but the club assured me they would do something about it and they did and I'm forever grateful to them for that.

"Sulley Muntari walked off the field recently in Italy. Had I done that 30 years ago I would have been told I had a chip on my shoulder or didn't have enough bottle to handle it. Things have come on tremendously well since my time."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 18, 2017
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