Frank Nouble: ‘They are using weapons instead of using their brains’

17 April 2018 10:00
The Newport striker knows at first hand the terrible effects of violence in London, which is why he spoke out last week“The last time I saw Rio was a few weeks before in the summer when I went to play at the Damilola Taylor centre in Peckham,” says Frank Nouble. “Everyone who we used to play with was there – John Bostock, Mustapha Carayol, Daniel Johnson and a few others who went on to make it as pros. He came over before the game and gave me a Ribena because that’s the type of person that he was. A couple of days later, I heard what had happened.”Nearly eight years since the promising young striker Rio McFarlane was killed after being caught in the crossfire between two feuding gangs in south London, the latest outbreak of violence on the capital’s streets brought the bad memories rushing back for the Newport County forward Nouble. A member of the Aspire football academy, the 18-year-old McFarlane had already turned out for Dulwich Hamlet and was tipped to follow in the footsteps of his talented school friends, many of whom – like Nouble – have gone on to enjoy lengthy professional careers. Related: Killed in 2018: London's victims of violence Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian