Sergei Rebrov offers some helpful racist advice to Roman Pavlyuchenko
Fellow Eastern European emigre warns of ‘dark-skinned people’
Sergio Rebrov, who contributed little except for bad feeling in return for a pay packet at Tottenham, has been kind enough to offer advice to Roman Pavlyuchenko following his arrival in North London. Yet he didn’t dispense useful tips for avoiding traffic on the north circular or let him know that an umbrella might come in handy in Blighty – his comments had a much more discriminatory tinge:
‘I wouldn’t go for a walk on my own around White Hart Lane.
‘A lot of dark skinned people live there. So naturally the crime rate is higher than anywhere else.
‘It’s not nice to be a robbery victim. So I suggest that Roman doesn’t walk but drives around that area.’
Perhaps Rebrov thinks life is much more glamorous in his hometown of Horlivka, where the decline of the mining industry has made it more depressing than listening to a Coldplay album while thinking about how much cheaper petrol was five years ago. As if this wasn’t bad enough, the Ukranian city is twinned with Barnsley.
Rebrov’s foot was jammed firmly in his mouth, so former Fulham midfielder Alexei Smertin took the reins in the article in Football Weekly magazine to warn Pavlyuchenko of the dangers that lurk south of the river:
‘Of course there are districts where Roman shouldn’t go on his own.
‘The first place that springs to mind is Croydon. It’s populated with predominantly low income folks. But I can’t see why Roman should find himself there – it’s quite far from the Tottenham area.’
As someone who spent far too many years travelling to and from Selhurst Park, I can certainly agree that Croydon isn’t as opulent and economically vibrant as some of its neighbouring boroughs, but Joey Barton hardly ever goes there, so it’s hardly the most dangerous place on Earth.