John Barnes conducted a very serious interview about racism from his bed

Alexandra Haddow
Wednesday 21 August 2019 13:15

John Barnes conducted a fairly serious interview about racism in football via video link live from... his bed.

The ex Liverpool and England footballer beloved by many was interviewed by Kay Burley in response to the news that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba received racist abuse on Twitter after missing a penalty against Wolves on Monday, resulting in a 1-1 draw.

We can only assume guests are left to their own devices when asked to be interviewed, as Barnes is extremely close to the camera, seems to be holding it under his chin, and also appears to either be lying down or sat up against his headboard.

The thing is, the interview was about racism in football and what can be done to stop it happening to players, and John had some excellent points about the way in which we should tackle it. Speaking from his bed, he said

[Racism is] a problem in society and not football. This is a social problem.

Until we put together an educational programme to let people know why it's wrong to be racist, rather than blaming social media, or blaming football, it'll continue.

Well said John, just maybe next time FaceTime from your kitchen instead.

Needless to say, the moment quickly went viral and despite the serious subject became a bit of a joke.

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