Ali Israr’s career has been blighted by allegations of racism, and now the former Manchester United captain says he is willing to talk to the authorities about it.
Ali Istar’s career as a footballer has been hampered by allegations that he racially abused his fellow Manchester United players.
Israr, who has since retired from the game, says the incident with his former teammates did not come up when he was approached by authorities.
“I never heard anything about it at all,” Israr told the BBC.
Israr, a former player at both Manchester United and Aston Villa, said the incident in question happened during a match at Old Trafford in 2002.
The allegation of racism was made against Israr by a fan following the match, who had been following the player on social media.
His father was at the match and confronted the player after seeing a photograph of Israr standing alongside a black man.
At first, Israr was adamant that he would not take part in the game.
Isla was eventually arrested and charged with racial abuse, but he pleaded not guilty.
Istar is a British-born Muslim and a former football coach who has been involved in Muslim community outreach and interfaith education for the past five years.
He has since quit his job at the club.
When Israr first saw a photograph on social networking sites of Istar standing beside a black person, he said he felt sick and went into a deep depression.
In the past two years, Isla has spoken about his experiences as a Muslim and has faced criticism from some in the community for being too cautious about speaking out about racism.
Hasla is not the first Muslim footballer to be accused of racial abuse.
A similar controversy broke out when former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard, now a pundit for Sky Sports, was accused of racism by supporters in England.
In a recent interview with the BBC, Istar said he had been subjected to racism at various levels of football and that he had spoken about it with some of his players before retiring.
A spokesman for the Manchester United Football Club said: “We are aware of the allegations against Shoaab Ali and we are considering our response to this matter.”
There are no allegations against anyone else in Manchester United’s football family.