Owusu-Abeyie reveals racism problem in Russia
Ghana midfielder Quincy Owusu Abeyie says he enjoyed his spell in Russia despite suffering racist abuse in the country’s top-flight.
The Panathinaikos player has earned a reputation as a journeyman since he left Arsenal, representing no fewer than eight teams since moving on from London in 2006.
The Ghanaian has had spells at Spartak Moscow, Al-Sadd, Birmingham, Portsmouth, Cardiff, Celta Vigo and Malaga.
The “maddest” experience during his globe-trotting was his spell at Spartak Moscow, where he played for two years before being sent out on loan four times.
He was subjected to racism in the Russian capital, but prefers to gloss over the problem.
“Yes, I had that problem once or twice,” he added.
“But I just overlooked it. I was there to play football.
“(The racism) didn’t bother me. I just kept my head down.
“It was hard for me to go to Russia. I went there, played two seasons and it was a great experience.”