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Football: No place for racism in football insist UEFA

Published on 14/03/2008

   VIENNA, March 14, 2008 - European football's governing body UEFA hasreiterated its tough stance on racism insisting there was no place for abuseof that nature in football.   Director of communication William Gaillard was emphasising UEFA's zerotolerance to racism here Thursday in the wake of monkey chants directed atMarseille'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 thetouchline 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 tocelebrate. We would have preferred that the match was stopped and theindividuals removed."   Marseille were beaten 2-0 on Wednesday to leave the two teams at 3-3 onaggregate with Marseille knocked out on away goals.   Gaillard said UEFA were waiting on the match report before launching aninquiry.   "I don't know the circumstances of Marseille's game in Saint Petersburgagainst Zenit but in this type of case the procedure is to set up adisciplinary inquiry.   "The measures we take depend on the seriousness of the incident but UEFA's principle is for zero tolerance towards racism."   Gaillard, who was attending a seminar for Euro 2008 coaches, added: "We'vealready taken tough action in proven cases of racism for there's no place infootball for violence, xenophobia or homophobia."