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AD Sanjoanense have backed South African midfielder George Matlou after the alleged racism incident involving a referee after their defeat in the Campeonato de Portugal on Sunday.

The third-tier side released an official statement in relation to the controversial events that took place after the 2-1 loss against São João de Ver where the referee Nelson Cunha allegedly hurled racist insults at Matlou.

Matlou, 22, was sent off in the dying stages of the game and as he sought an explanation from the official for his sending off, the club claims the racist incident took place.

"AD Sanjoanense hereby comes to show its deep indignation and rejection of the events at the end of the game against São João de Ver," the club statement read.

"Our player, George Matlou, went to referee Nelson Cunha at the end of the match to question why he was sent off, to which he replied, "no speak English, go inside little monkey."

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"AD Sanjoanense, a historic and almost centenary club, cannot in any way agree with this situation and unconditionally supports the player George Matlou, striving for the determination of the facts and exemplary ban of the official."

The former Bidvest Wits and Cape United player who represented South Africa at U-20 level since took to social media to condemn the incident.

"What a disgrace hearing a referee calling me a monkey, yes my parents are black. I support every fight against racism, we are all equal," he wrote on his official Instagram account.

The official has since disputed the claims of Matlou with a formal investigation set to be lodged with the league imminently.

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