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Elana learnt to live with racism in France

February 22, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent
Lille goalkeeper Steeve Elana has said he would "spend all [his] time in police stations" if he complained every time he was racially abused at football matches in France.

Elana, 32, started his football career as a youngster in his native Paris suburbs before passing through Marseille, Caen and Brest en route to arriving in Lille last summer.

Wherever he has played, however, the colour of his skin has always been an issue for opposing fans.

"I don't want to stigmatise ...

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