Hamburg club looking into racism allegations

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8 December 2006, Hamburg (dpa) - SV Hamburg are looking into whether their player Tomothee Atouba was the target of racist insults from the club's fans before disgracing himself with an obscene gesture at the fans at a European Champions League match. Citing spectators who attended Wednesday's match with CSKA Moscow, several Hamburg dailies reported on Friday that the Cameroon defender was heavily insulted, allegedly mainly from the VIP section. Atouba reportedly confirmed that he was insulted, but said it

8 December 2006

Hamburg (dpa) - SV Hamburg are looking into whether their player Tomothee Atouba was the target of racist insults from the club's fans before disgracing himself with an obscene gesture at the fans at a European Champions League match.

Citing spectators who attended Wednesday's match with CSKA Moscow, several Hamburg dailies reported on Friday that the Cameroon defender was heavily insulted, allegedly mainly from the VIP section.

Atouba reportedly confirmed that he was insulted, but said it wasn't the reason why he offended the fans by sticking out his middle finger several times when he was substituted.

Atouba was red-carded for the offence, suspended for the final two Bundesliga matches of the year by Hamburg and fined 50,000 euros by the club as well.

"Atouba told us that the racist slurs were not the reason for his misbehaviour," club president Bernd Hoffmann told the Bild daily.

He also told the Hamburger Morgenpost that the club will take tough action against fans who can be identified to have made racist remarks.

"There are said to have been insults. We will act tough when we know who did it. Offenders will swiftly be turned over to the police," Hoffmann said.

Atouba played a poor match and was booed by the fans once his mistake gave CSKA a 2-1 lead in the game Hamburg eventually won 3-2. He asked for his substitution soon after the jeering started. Fans jeered and thrown cups of beer in his direction as he left the pitch.

Some Hamburg fans also jeered when the later match-winner, Ivory Coast forward Boubacar Sanogo, came on late in the game.

DPA

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