Now man in black is latest target of racist abuse

30th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

30 May 2005, MADRID — Racist taunts which have dogged Spanish football hit a new low after a black referee became the latest victim of thugs hurling abuse from the terraces.

30 May 2005

MADRID — Racist taunts which have dogged Spanish football hit a new low after a black referee became the latest victim of thugs hurling abuse from the terraces.

But this time the racist insults came not from skinhead supporters, but from the chairman of a youth team in an obscure Spanish side, the Spanish daily El Pais reported.

Jean Jaurés Mbourne, the Cameroonian referee, stopped a match in the 42nd minute.

He walked into the locker room and sat down, frozen with fear.

He had been the victim of a racist attack from the spectators in the stands, although it was hardly the first time.

The culprit who was shouting abuse at him was the chairman of one of the clubs playing on the pitch.

The Natzaret youth team chairman had taken umbrage at the referee's decision to bar him from sitting on the team bench, as he lacked the necessary permit.

A representative of the opposing team, Albal, called the police but Mbourne preferred simply to note the incident as part of his post-match report.

It is the latest in a long line of racist incidents which have marred Spanish football.

The most high-profile was the taunts directed at England's black players during what was supposed to be a 'friendly' match with Spain last November in Madrid.

The Spanish national coach Luis Aragones was fined for directed racist abuse at Thierry Henry, the France and Arsenal striker, while coaching his club team mate, for a game between Spain and France.

But star players in Spain have also routinely been targeted.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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