African players abroad Spanish FA Suspends Senegal Goalie Over Racism Claim

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said on Wednesday that Senegalese goalkeeper Cheikh Kane Sarr of Rayo Majadahonda has been suspended for two games for confronting a rival fan that he claimed was harassing him racially during a third-division match in Spain.

Furthermore, the squad was ruled out of their 3-0 loss to Sestao River on Saturday, docked three league points, and fined 3006 euros ($3,254.00) for their refusal to go on after the incident.

Sestao River was fined 6,001 euros by the RFEF Competition Committee in addition to being mandated to play two home games behind closed doors for “failing to act diligently or cooperate in the repression of violent, racist, xenophobic, or intolerant behaviour.”

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Although Sarr’s actions were deemed “contrary to good sporting order” by the RFEF, they were deemed to be a minor offence because of “mitigating circumstances,” as the 23-year-old’s actions “justified sufficient provocation, motivated by the racist insults received.”

The Sestao supporter who was confronted by Sarr filed charges for assault against the custodian, and the Basque club refuted any racist remarks, according to their Security Officer Rafa Guadix, who spoke to radio station COPE on

Referee Iglesias Villanueva interrupted Getafe’s match against Seville in the 68th minute as part of La Liga’s anti-racism protocol when he overheard supporters calling the Spanish coach a gipsy and the Argentine defender a monkey.

Getafe was then given a penalty. Additionally, the club was fined 27,000 euros, or $29,000. In a statement, the RFEF stated that a visible message opposing violent, racist, xenophobic, and intolerant behaviour in football and promoting fair play must be shown in the closed section of the stands during the aforementioned matches.

Vinicius Jr., a Brazilian winger for Real Madrid who has experienced multiple instances of racial abuse in Spain, spoke out in favour of those impacted.

“Racists must be exposed and matches cannot continue with them in the stands.

“We will only have victory when the racists leave the stadiums and go straight to jail, the place they deserve,” he posted on social media.

In the previous two seasons, LaLiga reported 16 such incidents involving the 23-year-old to Spanish prosecutors.


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