Just when we thought that the curse of racism was restricted to Europe, Mumbai FC striker Yusuf Yakubu has claimed that he was the subject of taunts of a racist nature during his team’s I-League game against Mohun Bagan at the Kalyani Stadium.
“All of us know there’s no place for racism in football. Yet, there were racist chants directed at me from the stands,” said an upset Yakubu to The Telegraph.
The striker was sarcastic in his remarks when he claimed that no action would be taken against the alleged offenders. “Why should I complain? It won’t be of any use. Even if Bagan are banned on the basis of a complaint, they will still somehow find a way back to the league,” the 36-year old quipped.
I-League CEO Sunando Dhar was a surprised man when he was apprised of Yakubu’s claim.
“Even the Bagan captain Okolie Odafe is an African, so racist chants are really surprising. We’ll have to first talk to the match commissioner and wait for an official complaint from Mumbai FC,” remarked Dhar.
Mumbai FC coach Khalid Jamil however claimed that they could not hear racist chants, if any, from the touchline which was away from the stands.
“Since we were at the other side of the stands, we couldn’t hear any such chants or comments. So it’s difficult to say,” said the Mumbai FC gaffer.
The issue of racist chants have been in the news over the last few years with fans and players being found guilty. UEFA has recently proposed that any team which is found guilty of making racist taunts will have to serve a mandatory suspension of 10 matches.
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