Daouda fed up with racism in Romanian football26 April 2005

Universitatea Craiova's defender Mariko Daouda from Ivory Coast said he considers to quit the Romanian premier division club after he has been racially abused.

23 year old Daouda told Reuters “I'm disgusted with Romania,” after bottom club Craiova drew 1-1 at CFR Cluj. “In Romania you are considered good or bad judging by the colour of your skin but not for what you manage to do on the pitch,” Daouda said.

“Supporters are insulting me during the games and my wife on the street.”

Only last week Craiova mayor Antonie Solomon was blaming the black and Roma players of FC Universitatea Craiova's for being responsible for the club's situation.

In interview with Realitatae TV he said: ”With all those players recruited over the internet and all these crows – which if I put them in the zoo and showed them to kids saying look at the monkeys they wouldn’t see any difference.” In Romania crows is used as a derogatory term for Roma and black players.

As farenet.org reported, racist incidences have increased in Romanian football over the past months.

Steaua Bucharest's stadium speaker was fined for making racist comments during the derby against Rapid Bucharest earlier this month.