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Getafe-Sevilla game marred by racist slurs against Marcos Acuña and coach Sánchez Flores

MADRID (AP) — Getafe’s home game against Sevilla was paused when fans targeted Sevilla’s Marcos Acuña with racial insults in the Spanish league on Saturday. Sevilla coach Quique Sánchez Flores said he also was abused racially by supporters of his former club.

Referee Javier Iglesias halted the game in the 68th minute when Acuña was insulted by fans, including calling him a “monkey,” according to the match report.

The game was restarted after the spectators were informed by loudspeaker to refrain from racist or xenophobic language. Iglesias did not record any more incidents.

But Sánchez Flores confirmed after the match his Roma heritage was insulted. Sánchez Flores has coached Getafe on three occasions.

“I am proud of every pore in my body that breathes Roma, but one thing is to be Roma and another is to be insulted for it,” Sánchez Flores said. “There are some fans who think they can say anything they want at a stadium. It is happening in every stadium.

“We are workers who come here to work in peace and be respected. It is an aberration that in these times when we are advancing in so many ways that (these individuals) grab us and pull us backwards.”

Sevilla, which beat Getafe 1-0, denounced the insults to its player and coach.

Acuña helped Argentina win the World Cup in 2022.


A third-division game between Sestao River and Rayo Majadahonda was suspended in the final minutes after the goalkeeper of the visiting side was sent off after he confronted a fan who allegedly racially insulted him.

Rayo goalie Cheikh Sarr, who is Black, was issued a red card after he approached the stands behind his net.

His club said on Twitter it would not continue the game “after the unacceptable racist insults toward our player.”

The incidents came four days after Spain played Brazil in Madrid in a friendly that was set up to highlight the fight against racism after insults aimed at Real Madrid and Brazil forward Vinícius Júnior.

Vinícius has been highly critical of the inability of soccer authorities to take effective action to protect him and other players.


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