Awer Mabil reveals the racism he has suffered while living in Australia

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The young Aussie talent admits he has been persecuted because of the colour of his skin

Socceroos prodigy Awer Mabil has spoken about the racism he suffered while living in Australia.

The 23-year-old winger moved to Australia in 2006 after escaping the civil war in Sudan and made his debut for Adelaide United in the A-League in 2013.

Now playing abroad at Danish side FC Midtjylland, Mabil revealed the issues and abuse he face Down Under during an interview with BBC's World Football program.

"I have faced [racism] a lot," Mabil admitted.

"Once, when I was 16, I came home and one of my neighbours attacked me.

"The first thing I did was shut the front door and hide my siblings. I was talking to these guys while the door was shut, I said 'go away.' They kept saying 'go back to your own country.'

"Apart from that, you experience day-to-day things like when you're walking along the road there are people in cars beeping you and saying things.

"That's normal."

However Mabil was adamant he didn't judge Australia as a racist country - explaining that it was a minority causing the problems - and that he was proud to play for the the green and gold on the international stage.

"There are certain people who are racist but it's a country that belongs to everybody," he said.

"I represent Australia because it has given me and my family the opportunity in life to have a second chance

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"It's part of me because I have lived half of my life there. I call it home so I'm proud to represent Australia."

Mabil scored his first goal for the Socceroos on debut during the October friendly against Kuwait with a neat finish late in the game.

He is likely to be picked for Graham Arnold's upcoming Australian squad for the friendlies against South Korea and Lebanon in mid-November and is a contender for the nation's Asian Cup squad to defend their title in January in the UAE.

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