Marseille president appalled at UEFA racist chants

Marseille president Pape Diouf has spoken of his “disgust” at the racist chanting against his players that marred this week’s UEFA Cup tie with Zenit St Petersburg.

Marseille president Pape Diouf has spoken of his “disgust” at the racist chanting against his players that marred this week’s UEFA Cup tie with Zenit St Petersburg.

UEFA have opened an inquiry after OM defender Ronald Zubar claimed he was the victim of racist abuse from Zenit fans while he was warming up during the last-16 second leg on Wednesday.

Zubar and French sports minister Bernard Laporte have called for severe sanctions to be taken against the Russian club.

Diouf insists he will do everything in his power to protect his players after an incident he described as “odious”.

“All the witnesses agree there were acts of racism against some of our players who were warming up,” he said.

“My first feeling is contempt. UEFA are asking us for written reports into the incident and we will use all our means in the task of defending our ethics and being solid behind our players, who have been the object of such odious acts.

“I feel disgusted.”

Zubar claimed a banana was thrown at him while he was warming up with fellow black team-mates Andre Ayew and Charles Kabore, while he added there were also monkey chants directed at the players.

If UEFA agree there is a case to answer, the governing body’s control and disciplinary body will examine the matter in a meeting on March 20.

Laporte said: “I trust (UEFA president) Michel Platini in his capacity to lead the fight against racism in football.

“I am going to call him. I hope severe sanctions will be taken.”

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