Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

18.56 3 Aug 2021


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Monaco players lodged a formal complaint with officials after it was alleged one of their players was racially abused in a Champions League qualifier. 

Aurelien Tchouameni put the Ligue 1 side 1-0 up away to Sparta Prague in the first leg of their 3rd round qualifier on Tuesday evening.

The 21-year old then appeared to be distressed at what appeared to be racist chanting coming from Sparta fans.

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Canal+ reported shortly before half-time that the Monaco players had lodged a formal complaint with the match officials, led by referee Michael Oliver, but the game continued.

Several missiles were also thrown in the direction of Monaco players celebrating Tchouameni's goal.

The UEFA procedure surrounding such incidents was put into play, with anti-racist warnings broadcast over the stadium public address system, and similar displayed on screens around the ground.

Monaco went on to win the first leg 2-0, with Germany striker Kevin Volland adding the second just before the hour mark.

It's just the latest incident of racist behaviour from Sparta fans.

Earlier this week, Sigma Olomouc's French defender Florent Poulolo revealed he was the victim of racist chants in the Generali Stadium.

"It happened twice," he told L'Équipe, "First there was that moment, when I got the ball back. I heard a scream [from the crowd].

"I was not in denial, but I said to myself: "Keep playing". But it started again later.

"I heard a row of supporters making monkey chants.

"This is something that should not be tolerated. I pointed it out to the referee.

"An investigation has been opened. It's not something new there [in the Czech Republic].

"My friend Jean-David Beauguel, who plays Viktoria Plzen, has already been the victim of monkey cries. It must stop. "

 

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