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Mina unconcerned by 'racist' Everton song, says Silva

Mina unconcerned by 'racist' Everton song, says Silva

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Everton boss Marco Silva says a controversial song about Colombia international Yerry Mina has not affected the centre-back.

Yerry Mina will not be affected by a controversial song created by Everton supporters, says Marco Silva.

Everton are working with anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out to investigate a social media video.

In the clip, Everton supporters are depicted singing a song that refers to Colombia international Mina being a drug user.

The song also refers to the player's genitals in a similar way to a chant Manchester United fans sang about Romelu Lukaku last year, which led to the club issuing supporters with a warning over the song.

Silva, though, says Mina is unconcerned about the song as Everton prepare to host Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday.

"We as a club, and in sport and life as well, it’s something we have to put out of our lives," Silva told a news conference.

"Football is a party for everyone to enjoy and be part of.

"Our fans love our players, they love Mina as well.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Silva says Mina delighted to be at the club

"I didn't speak with him about the situation. It doesn't change anything in Yerry, he is a happy boy.

"He loves to be in our club. He loves to help us every day."

Kick It Out released a statement condemning the Mina chant.

"Racist stereotypes are never acceptable, irrespective of any intention to show support for a player," the body said.

"We have contacted Everton regarding the issue and will be working closely with them to ensure a clear message is sent that the chant is not acceptable."