Monday 24 November 2014

Croatian club deny Manchester City's racism claims

Published 24/07/2014 | 02:30

Seko Fofana claimed he suffered racial abuse during the game between Manchester City's Elite Development Squad and Croatian side HNK Rijeka. Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images
Seko Fofana claimed he suffered racial abuse during the game between Manchester City's Elite Development Squad and Croatian side HNK Rijeka. Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Croatian club HNK Rijeka have strenuously denied any of their players racially abused Manchester City's Seko Fofana in a friendly.

City's elite development squad coach Patrick Vieira took his team off the pitch when the 19-year-old French midfielder made the allegations after being sent off just before half-time.

It is understood the move was supported by City officials and Vieira has received the backing of anti-discrimination network FARE. However, Rijeka have issued a statement in which they dismiss the allegations.

"Rijeka clearly and unequivocally rejects any possibility that the players in the match against Manchester City participated in assaulting the rival players on racial, religious or ethnic grounds," said a statement on the club's website.

"We want to point out the fact that we mentioned at the game we had six players from the Nigeria squad, players who live and train together with our other players, who learned the Croatian language and who have never experienced any discomfort by team-mates – as they themselves can attest to."

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