Former Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne now plies his trade with New England Revolution, our opposition in the Final Whistle On Hate game tomorrow, and he has been looking forward to the contest as well as explaining why it is so significant.
Mancienne came through Chelsea’s Academy in the mid-2000s and ended up making six appearances for the club, including one off the bench in our Champions League last-16 victory over Juventus in 2009.
Thereafter he enjoyed a successful in the Netherlands with Hamburg and then back in England in the Championship, where he played over 100 times for Nottingham Forest.
Last August the 31-year-old joined New England Revolution who we meet in tomorrow’s Final Whistle On Hate game, and who today appointed former USA manager Bruce Arena as their new head coach.
‘It does make me very proud,’ Mancienne said of welcoming his former club to New England, especially for such an important reason.
‘It’s a special moment, especially because of what the game stands for. As athletes, we have a platform to stand up against discrimination and show the world we don’t stand for these kind of hateful things. To do it like this is brilliant. Obviously, to play against one of the best teams in the world is fantastic too, and to play against the club I grew up with and came through the Academy with is massive. It’s really exciting and I’m looking forward to it.’