Liverpool FC striker Djibril Cisse has fiercely stood firm against the racist abuse he suffered during Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League win on Wednesday 10 August 2005 in Bulgaria. The 24-year-old French international faced a torrent of racist abuse from the CSKA Sofia fans whenever he touched the ball.
He told the Liverpool Echo newspaper,
“It's hurtful when it happens. It began when I tried to cross the ball and they started to make monkey noises. I'm strong enough to deal with this and I don't let it affect me. It's a shame this happens but there are lots of stupid people sometimes at these games and as a player you can't do anything about it.”
UEFA’s official delegate at the match, Trygve Borno, heard the abuse and has included it in his report to UEFA who are now investigating the matter. The next meeting of the UEFA control and disciplinary body is scheduled for 18 August.