Marseille's Ronald Zubar was subjected to racial abuse in Wednesday’s Uefa Cup game at Zenit St Petersburg.

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Racial abuse in Europe to be probed

Posted: 14 March 2008 Time: 13:26

European football’s governing body UEFA has reiterated its tough stance on racism insisting there is no place for abuse of that nature in football.

Director of communication William Gaillard was emphasising Uefa’s zero tolerance to racism yesterday in the wake of monkey chants directed at Marseille’s Ronald Zubar in Wednesday’s Uefa Cup game at Zenit St Petersburg.

Zubar says he and his fellow black teammates Charles Kabore and Andre Ayew, were targeted by some Russian fans as the trio were warming up on the touchline for the last 16 second round tie.

“They threw a banana at us and made monkey sounds,” complained the player from the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

“It’s not great. That makes the defeat worse, while they had everything to celebrate. We would have preferred that the match was stopped and the individuals removed.”

Uefa later confirmed that they were launching an inquiry into the incident and their Control and Disciplinary Body would be examining the matter at their meeting on Thursday, March 20.

“Uefa disciplinary regulations says that various sanctions may be imposed on clubs whose supporters insult the human dignity of a person or group of persons by whatever means, including on grounds of colour, race, religion or ethnic origin,” Uefa said in a statement.

Gaillard said: “I don’t know the circumstances of Marseille's game in Saint Petersburg against Zenit but in this type of case the procedure is to set up a disciplinary inquiry.

“The measures we take depend on the seriousness of the incident but Uefa’s principle is for zero tolerance towards racism.”

“We’ve already taken tough action in proven cases of racism and there’s no place in football for violence, xenophobia or homophobia.”

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 02:17 pm
Racil abuse ha ya namuntlha, yi humelela misava hinkwayo, swi humelelile na kola kaya, loko lucky lekgwathi a ghwaza makwavo hi mukwana, a mu byela ku vuya congo, nkarhi contract yi nga hela u lo longa a famba a ku joni yi mu hlulile, mfana wa ka lelo mbhele, hi teto soka loving ppl .
Anonymous
posted: 02:18 pm
Racial abuse ha ya namuntlha, yi humelela misava hinkwayo, swi humelelile na kola kaya, loko lucky lekgwathi a ghwaza makwavo hi mukwana, a mu byela ku vuya congo, nkarhi contract yi nga hela u lo longa a famba a ku joni yi mu hlulile, mfana wa ka lelo mbhele, hi teto soka loving ppl .
Anonymous
posted: 02:29 pm
EUFA is letting African players down. They are not taking any steps against the racism behaviour and forget that the European leagues are dominated by influx of African players who are making their league much more better. Idrisi Kameni was once victim of racism but EUFA never took any drastic measures against the perpetrators. The European does not respect our African players. They even denied them an opportunity to represent their national teams. We suffered a lot during the hands of European during the colonial era and now they are still oppressing us. We must emancipate ourselves from this kind of oppression and dislike by European.

Mashudu
Malaga, Spain
Anonymous
posted: 02:56 pm
Pro in dem house – washa guluva…
First and far most…….. helloooo my fans… I mean soccer lovers….

Hehehe – Benni is next on the list.......
Anonymous
posted: 02:57 pm
i wonder what SA fans will say if this happen to Pinar as well??
Anonymous
posted: 02:57 pm
Racil abuse is everywhere even nala eMzansi
Anonymous
posted: 03:23 pm
Proff heheheh you are still at work when you knock off come to my place to watch the beautyfull Amakhosi.i think this racism thing wont stop is not only happening at football game everywhere man and im not being racist my self or choosing side but " " people hate us seriously.
Anonymous
posted: 05:47 pm
To hell with the europeans,very soon africa will teach the world a whole lot of things.and because we have a beautiful heart we will not pay dem back in thier own coin.
Anonymous
posted: 03:29 am
Acts of barbarism I say..racism is 1 of the mst cruel form of discrmination-it exist across d globe bt 2 perform it in the manner d RUSSIANS did reflects d progress of d society in question..I hv heard d same statement released by FIFA n UEFA..give us wht measures hv bn taken-myb J0LLY K0LAPEN mst b redeployed 2 FIFA-ask my CHAIRMAN Khosa-he knws hm well!
UEFA take actions..bt if any1 in here hs dne S0CI0L0GY u wud knw d solution lies with ..
Anonymous
posted: 03:35 am
social structures in d countries in question..pity mst people distance themselves 4rm their owm pe0ple when they hv aktd like ths..lefatshe le tobekane!
ths s a c0mplex issue even AUBREY MASHIQI cnt argue it convincingly..
M'KgeTT
Tuks,TSHWANE
Anonymous
posted: 01:55 pm
I think setting up Enquiries is fair enough from EUFA's side & remember not only Africans are exposed to this sort of abuse. Why Ronaldo (Brazil) left Real? We shouldn't be naive and think that the world will 1 day work in total harmony, we should also look @ ourselves, we booe our own players here @ home so if we can do it why can't the Russian/Portuguese do it? Are we any special?
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