Ian Wright has forgiven a football fan who racially abused him in the 1990s, after receiving a letter of apology that made him “well up”.
“In 95′ I got majorly racially abused at Barnsley. It was horrible,” Wright said on the podcast, which is produced by The Ringer.
“People who have been racially abused, you know the humiliation and all the stuff that comes with it.
He then relayed the note, which read: “Good evening. I’m just a random citizen but I’d like you to please pass this on to Ian Wright for me.
“I’m a supporter of Barnsley FC. I am one of the people who racially abused him during a football match in 1995. I was young and stupid but those are no defences.
“Poor guy said it was understandably one of the worst nights of his life. I’d like him to know that I am completely ashamed of my contribution towards it. I find myself thinking about it a lot. I apologise for what I did.”
Wright redemption for Barnsley fan
The ex-England forward said the confession had “made me well up”. Addressing his listeners, Wright admitted he had sent a reply to the Barnsley fan.
It read: “Listen my friend, there is redemption for everyone.
“What you have done is one of the ways we tackle racism. Not through revenge or violence but with honesty and maturity.
“I am grateful to you for the time you took sending this email to me. I hold no grudges towards you. We all have a duty to make the world a fairer and better place.”
Wright regularly speaks out on the issue of racism in football. Earlier this year, he shared examples of the “terrifying” racist abuse he still receives via social media.
Sharing a screen grab on Twitter of some of the abuse directed at him after speaking about Black Lives Matter, he wrote: “The abuse started a week earlier, the taunting is terrifying. Coming back and back again.”