Felix Afena-Gyan believes there was no racist intent in a comment overheard when he was gifted a new pair of shoes following his first senior goals for Roma.
Roma’s win against Genoa on Sunday prompted Jose Mourinho to buy 18-year-old goalscorer Afena-Gyan a new pair of shoes worth £670 (€800).
A video of the gifting was shared online and there was a voice in the background, from an as yet unidentified person, who commented ‘there are bananas inside’.
Jose Mourinho promised to buy 18-year-old Felix Afena-Gyan new trainers after he scored twice for Roma vs. Genoa.
Afena-Gyan was also encouraged by a voice behind the camera to dance and he obliged. A number of fans picked up on the comments but Afena-Gyan does not think there was any racist intent or malice behind it.
He said on Instagram: ‘I want to assure you all that I was not offended by the background comment made in the video in any way – and that I truly believe there was no racist intent.
‘Since the first day I arrived at the club, I have been welcomed into the family by everyone, who have joked with me like they do all members of the family.
‘Because they see that I eat bananas a lot that has become a thing we laugh about sometimes – and I believe the comment was another example of that.
‘I feel at home here at Roma and I have done ever since I arrived. I am grateful for the support I have received from everyone here at Trigoria and don’t like to think that people have got the wrong idea about things.