Posted on June 29, 2006
France coach Raymond Domenech has claimed that his players were subjected to racist taunts by Spain fans before Tuesday’s second round tie, which France won 3-1.
Domenech said: “When I arrived with the bus there were fans making monkey chants.”
Spanish football hass been plagued by instances of racism in the last few seasons.
In 2005 the national coach, Luis Aragones, was given a modest fine for making racist remarks about France’s Thierry Henry. And a number of black players have suffered racist abuse in Primera Liga and Champions League games.
Aragones’ comments about Henry were the most notorious, and Henry was particularly pleased that France beat Spain in Hannover on Tuesday.
The Arsenal striker said: “A lot of people were speculating about Aragones and I don’t want to talk about it because there is no point.
“But the best answer was the win.”
In November 2004 FIFA fined the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) £44,750 after several England players were racially abused during a friendly match in Madrid.
And last year Real Zaragoza and Racing Santander fans racially abused Barcelona forward Samuel Eto’o during league matches and were subsequently fined by the RFEF.
FIFA warned on Wednesday that they will suspend national associations that fail to impose tough new rules on racism that come into force in July.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the regulations – including deducting points from clubs and countries whose fans are guilty of racist offences – were mandatory.
“The first responsibilities lie with the national associations and if they are not doing what is expected of them then FIFA’s executive committee must intervene,” said Blatter.
“The power and the responsibility lies with FIFA and the suspension of a federation is the ultimate sanction available to the disciplinary committee.”
He added: “This is a fight against a devil that still exists, unfortunately, in our sport.”