SA midfielder racially abused in Portugal

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AD Sanjoanense midfielder George Matlou has become another victim of racial abuse during their 2-1 defeat by São João de Ver in the Campeonato de Portugal this past Sunday.

The 22-year-old footballer was allegedly racially insulted by referee Nelson Cunha.

The Portuguese third-tier outfit has since issued out a statement in support of the South African midfielder.

Matlou, who was shown his marching orders in the final moments of the game, asked referee Cunha to explain why he was sent off after which the racist incident took place.

“AD Sanjoanense hereby come to show its deep indignation and rejection of the events at the end of the game against São João de Ver,” said the statement.

“Our player, George Matlou, went to referee Nelson Cunha at the end of the match to question why he was expelled, to which he replied, “No speak English, go inside little monkey.

“We cannot in any way agree with this situation and unconditionally supports the player, George Matlou, striving for the determination of the facts and exemplary penalty of the referred judge.”

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By FARPost Reporter

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