LaLiga reports racist abuse directed at Sevilla, player, coach

LaLiga has reported the racist and xenophobic abuse aimed at Sevilla defender Marcos Acuña and his coach, Quique Sánchez Flores, by home fans during Saturday’s league game at Getafe.

Sevilla condemned the abuse and LaLiga has now filed an official complaint with the Anti-Violence Commission and the Spanish football federation’s competition committee regarding the two incidents at the Coliseum.

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The game was temporarily stopped in the 68th minute, with a warning issued over the stadium tannoy — as stipulated by LaLiga’s anti-racism protocol — after racist slurs were heard being shouted by a section of the crowd, according to the referee’s match report.

Sevilla manager Sánchez Flores said in his postmatch news conference following his team’s 1-0 win that he had been called “gypsy” by a group of fans during the encounter.

Another racist episode stained Spain on Saturday when Rayo Majadahonda goalkeeper Cheikh Sarr was shown a red card for confronting a fan who allegedly racially insulted him in his team’s third-division league game at Sestao River. Majadahonda refused to continue the game following the red card.

Saturday’s incidents came just days after Spain played Brazil at the Bernabéu stadium in a game organised to raise awareness of racism.

In the lead-up to the match, Real Madrid forward Vinícius Júnior gave an emotional news conference during which he was asked about the frequent racist abuse he has suffered since arriving in Spain.

After the latest incidents of abuse over the weekend, he took to social media to show solidarity with Sarr, Acuña and Sánchez Flores.

“If all coloured players were like [Vinícius], racism would end,” Sarr said.

“I would go all the way for [Vinícius] because he has gone through this many times. I’m very proud of him for speaking out. I thank him for supporting me and for fighting against racism, because he cannot do it alone.”