Monday 19 March 2018

Footballer who suffered racial abuse banned

GERMANY'S football association was struggling to salvage its image yesterday following the suspension of a Nigerian-born goalkeeper for throwing a plastic bottle back at fans.

Ikenna Onukogu, a 27-year-old player with the Lower Rhine regional side Hertha Hamborn, was banned for six matches after the incident earlier this month during a game against Dostlukspor Botrop.

According to eyewitnesses Onukogu was mobbed by supporters of Dostlukspor Botrop who gathered behind his goal and called him a "monkey".

They said the supporters threw a plastic bottle and told him: "Stick it up your a**e."

The football association said Onukogu was suspended for "grossly unsportsmanlike behaviour".

Irish Independent

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