Former warriors defender, Costa Nhamoinesu has castigated his club’s fans for chanting racist slogans when his club, Sparta Prague, played against Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday in a Czech Cup semi-final match.
The 34-year-old gifted defender, who is the club’s captain and longest-serving player at Sparta Prague, stood in solidarity with the Viktoria Plzen player Joel Ngandu Kayamba from the Democratic Republic of Congo who was being abused by his club’s fans. He said:
I’m sorry he had to endure the imitation of monkey screams during the match at our stadium.
If they (the Sparta fans) show monkey screams at you, it applies to me. It’s not just sad for you, but for all of us, we’re in it together. It is a great pity that something like this is still happening and it is tarnishing our sport. Thank you to the real fans, who support Sparta.
Nhamoinesu, who has been a victim of sickening racial abuse in the past, later took his anti-racism campaign to Twitter, where his message received support from some of the club’s fans.
This comes when anti-racism protests have erupted across the world following the murder of two African American males, George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks by police in the USA.
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