Ligue 2: Clermont denounces racist and xenophobic insults against his players

The Clermont club spoke on Saturday about racist insults addressed twice to players of his team or members of the club on social networks.

On the sidelines of the reception of Le Havre this Saturday during the 33rd day of Ligue 2, the Clermont club wanted to defend one of its players victim of racist abuse on social networks. The current second in the second division standings denounced the behavior of some Internet users after the last day of the championship.

“On Saturday April 10, one of our professional players received private messages of a racist nature on the social network Instagram,” said the Auvergne club in a statement shared on its site.

Before reporting another fact committed against young people from the training center: “Wednesday April 14, it is another comment with a xenophobic connotation that was detected on the club’s Facebook page, regretted Clermont Foot. In response to a publication highlighting the arrival of four young players at the training center. “

“Racism is an abomination”

Like footballers like the Nantes player Imran Louza or the former French international Thierry Henry or clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United, the Ligue 2 resident has been targeted by “odious” and “intolerable” behavior. Clermont also wished to recall its attachment to diversity in football.

“Deeply attached to the values ​​of respect, fraternity, solidarity and tolerance, the club will tirelessly fight all forms of intimidation, harassment, and discrimination towards its players and all of its members,” continued the candidate for the rise in the elite in his message. […] Racism is an abomination, totally contrary to the values ​​of the club and of football. It should not have its place on the pitches, in the stands and in our society. Football, a sport vector of human and universal values, must remain an example of a coexistence which must be defended everywhere, all the time and relentlessly. “

Faced with such a situation, Clermont also confirmed its desire to legally fight the authors of these hate messages. Reports have been made to the companies that own the social networks concerned and legal proceedings have even been initiated.

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