The British writer Hanif Kureishi, a well-known supporter of Manchester United, ” but not England ” cheered on Italy. To the Adnkronos he says he is “very happy for Italy’s victory” and that “the Italian people really deserved it”. Born on 5 December 1954 in London to a Pakistani father and an English mother, the writer also says he is ” very proud of the Italian footballers who have knelt against racism ” because today the ” Black Lives Matter movement is increasingly important ” .
As the racist chants of the fans also demonstrate, Kureishi says that “ there is a lot of racism in football, and also in Italian football, so kneeling was very important ” in the middle of ” an era of total racism like that that we are experiencing ”. Speaking of footballers, remember that ” most of them come from a poor background, from the working class, they are mixed race, so their fight is our fight ”.
On the football field, for Kureishi Italy was “probably the best team of the tournament, they have an impressive defense”. But there is more. Kureishi tells of his girlfriend Isabella and explains that ” I support Italy because I have an Italian family, my girlfriend is Italian and her family is very nice ”, he explains. Speaking of ‘his’ national team, ” I also think that the England manager made many many mistakes. They took the lead in the game early and they should have scored another goal, they should have consolidated the result instead of being so defensive, but that’s just my vision from the couch. ”