Super Eagles forward, Viv Solomon-Otabor, said he was racially abused thrice while playing for CSKA Sofia in the Bulgarian top division.
The Bulgarian league restarted on Saturday but Viv Solomon-Otabor was not a part of the team as the financial impact of coronavirus at CSKA Sofia ensured that the 24-year-old — one of their top earners — had to leave.
The former Birmingham forward, who is back in England awaiting a fresh start when the transfer window reopens, said the experience was heartbreaking.
“I was racially abused three times during matches. It’s heartbreaking. You think, why? You can’t comprehend why someone wants to tear you down because of the colour of your skin,” Solomon-Otabor told Sportsmail.
“My family told me to stop reading those comments,’ he says. ‘Block, delete, and move on. It’s easy saying that though, isn’t it? You keep looking. Why did they say that?
“They’d always find something to abuse you over. It’s wrong. I trained myself to stop reading them. I was clicking on the same message three or four times. The more you look, the more it upsets you.
“The club were supportive. The president called me into his office and said, ‘They’re stupid people, don’t worry, we’ve got it under control.’ My teammates were the same. There was action taken, fines. It’s not enough but at least they showed there was care,” he added.