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Racial incident against Man City’s Fofana ends U-21 match in Croatia

Jul 22, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT

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French youngster Seko Fofana is hailed by Manchester City’s web site for his “explosive pace and an eye for long-range strikes”, but the 19-year-old was in the headlines for unfortunate reasons Tuesday afternoon.

Fofana was the target of racial abuse by a player from Croatian club HNK Rijeka, and the Citizens promptly quit the match.

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Manchester City said they’ll be pursuing action with the Croatian Football Association on the matter.

From Twitter:

 

We will insert the obligatory “This is disgusting and should never happen” statement here… but it’s sadly exhausting repeating ourselves over and over again. These sort of incidents will hopefully go away in time, but racism is alive and well-enough for some idiot player to justify saying something on a stage such as this. Gross.

Since we’d all like to get the racist taste off the page, here’s a look at Fofana winning Elite Development Squad player of the season. Check out the goal at the :45… an otherworldly long strike.


  1. mazblast - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    It’s not enough to say “a player from Croatian club HNK Rijeka”. The player should be identified by name, and all PL and FA organizations should ban him. Period. Tell him, “Good luck in your playing career in those football hotbeds Surinam, Moldova, Chad, or Laos.”

    In addition, they should tell the Croatian Football Association, “If we find out this isn’t just an isolated incident involving one player, good luck scheduling any ‘friendlies’ against our sides.” You can’t necessarily hold the country or its football association responsible for the acts of one person, but you can make it painfully clear that such actions have con$equence$.

  2. Skulb - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    This lacks details I think. Is this just Fofana`s version of events? And why was he sent off? How do we know he`s not just making excuses because he lost his head and got a direct red? Inquiring minds want to know!

  3. granadafan - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Good for City for supporting their teammate by walking off the pitch. I could see opponents saying racial things to provoke a player into getting a red card by retaliating, and getting an advantage. However, when the whole team walks off in protest, this puts the focus back on the racists.

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