Wright, now a pundit for the BBC, mentioned that protection of the match and the difficulty of participant launch through the European season, is in marked distinction to how Euro 2020 was handled.
“Is there ever a match extra disrespected than the Africa Cup of Nations?” Wright mentioned in a video posted on social media.
“There isn’t any better honour than representing your nation. The protection is totally tinged with racism.
“We performed our Euros throughout 10 international locations in the course of a pandemic and there is not any difficulty in any respect. However Cameroon
, a single nation internet hosting a match, is an issue,” he mentioned.
Wright added that he objected to gamers being requested whether or not they intend to play for his or her international locations.
“You might be getting journalists asking gamers … gamers getting requested if they are going to be honouring the call-ups to their nationwide groups. Think about if that was an English participant representing the Three Lions. Are you able to think about the furore?”
A number of of the highest gamers within the Premier League
are set to overlook membership video games in January to participate within the match.
can be with out Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Guinea’s Naby Keita.
Crystal Palace can be lacking Wilfried Zaha, Jordan Ayew and Cheikhou Kouyate however their supervisor Patrick Vieira mentioned there was no query of making an attempt to steer them to skip the finals.
“I respect and perceive the fervour and the significance to gamers to go and symbolize their nation so I’ll by no means cease any participant going to play the Africa Cup of Nations,” Vieira mentioned, whereas calling for media to cowl the occasion extra severely.
Wright mentioned the gamers and international locations deserved extra respect.
“A great deal of one of the best gamers in Europe proper now are African,” famous the 58-year-old, who made 33 appearances for England.
“If we love them at membership degree why cannot we love them at worldwide degree like their counterparts throughout the globe? Why is that this match consistently getting a lot flak?”