UEFA Euro 2012: Czech player alleges racial abuse by Russian fans

Updated: 10 June 2012 16:57 IST

Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie says he was racially abused by Russian fans at his team's opening game of the European Championship.

Wroclaw, Poland:

Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie says he was racially abused by Russian fans at his team's opening game of the European Championship.

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The only black man on the Czech team says he "noticed that" but downplayed the seriousness of the abuse. He said the incident was nothing "extreme."

Gebre Selassie said on Sunday that he is ready to put it behind him.

UEFA has pledged zero tolerance of discrimination during the three-week tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

On Saturday, Football Against Racism in Europe, an anti-racism network that operates with UEFA support, said it identified verbal insults targeted at Gebre Selassie, whose father is Ethiopian.

Topics : Football Euro 2012 Czech Republic Alou Diarra Lech Poznan
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