Former Ghana International John Paintsil says he suffered racial abuse from a teammate when he earned his maiden call-up to the Black Stars.
The ex-Fulham, West Ham and Leicester City right-back was first called-up to the National team back in 2001 after steeping himself in the Black Satellites team that finished second at the 2001 FIFA U20 World Cup in Argentina.
Paintsil made it into the Ghana team for the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Mali, an opportunity which saw him receive racial comments from his own teammate.
“The most painful and hurtful part of segregation I have endured was here in Ghana when a teammate called me a monkey from Berekum,” he spoke to Accra FM.
“I experienced segregation even at the Black Stars camp. Some teammates had issues with why players who came from certain parts of the country.
“When I joined the Black Stars at one point I had to fight a teammate who looked down on me just because of where I come from.”
The 39-year-old featured at two FIFA World Cups with the Black Stars thus in 2006 and 2010. He also made appearances at the 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.