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Mourinho Did Not Accuse Southgate of Racism

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
20th November 2022
Mourinho Did Not Accuse Southgate of Racism
The quote was not reported by any credible sources (Getty)

The Claim

José Mourinho has accused Gareth Southgate of racism for not including Roma striker Tammy Abraham on England's FIFA World Cup squad.

Emerging story

Social media users circulated a statement attributed to AS Roma manager José Mourinho accusing England manager Gareth Southgate of racism for dropping Roma striker Tammy Abraham.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be fake.

Although the quote was widely disseminated on social media, none of the sources were credible.

Mourinho’s Comment on Abraham

A journalist questioned Mourinho during a press conference on November 8, claiming that Tammy Abraham is frequently mentioned when it comes to goal scoring.

He questioned why Abraham appeared to be less active in the play overall this year.

However, Roma's coach gave no specific answer to the question, saying, "That could be a good question to put to him. He is the ideal person to answer to you."

"Yes, I have a problem, no, I don’t have a problem, yes, I’ve been missing, no, I haven’t been missing, I’m thinking about the World Cup’ … I don’t know. He is the right person to answer you," he added.

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Who Is Tammy Abraham?

Tammy Abraham is a professional footballer from the United Kingdom. 

He is Roma's primary striker.

Abraham made his first-team debut for Chelsea in 2016.

He was the club's Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season, and Top Scorer in a single season.

After joining Aston Villa in 2018, he became the club's first player to score 25 goals in a single season since 1977.

Abraham, who scored 27 goals for Roma last season, has been mentioned as a possible Harry Kane backup.

However, after scoring just four goals in 20 appearances in 2022-2023, Southgate instead turned to Newcastle United forward Callum Wilson.

Final 26-Player England World Cup Roster

On November 10, Gareth Southgate revealed his 26-man squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

England's list included goalkeepers Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, and Aaron Ramsdale, according to multiple media outlets.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, and Ben White have been named England's defenders.

The English midfielders chosen are Jude Bellingham, Conor Gallagher, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, and Declan Rice.

Southgate chose forwards Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, James Maddison, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, and Callum Wilson.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup

The tournament's first matches are scheduled to begin on November 20 in Qatar.

The winner of the 1996 World Cup will face Iran, the USA, and Wales in Group B.

On November 21, England will feature on the second day with their match against Iran.

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