Espanyol investigate own fans’ racism21 December 2005

Espanyol are to open an investigation into goalkeeper Carlos Kameni's complaints he was racially abused by a section of the Primera Liga club's own fans during Sunday's match against Real Zaragoza.

Espanyol president Daniel Sanchez Llibre told the club's website,
“The player has stated it happened so we will try to get to the bottom of it. We have opened an internal investigation, and will use films and tapes of the game to find out exactly what occurred. If it is a club member who has done it he will be expelled from the club.”

The Cameroon international, who has suffered racist abuse at other Primera Liga grounds in the past. Kameni spoke about the incident after the 2-2 home draw in the Spanish sports daily Sport, “It is incredible that they jeer you in your own stadium. The majority of the fans support you but some of them behind the goal do things that aren't normal. It hurts because they are your own fans. It is understandable if the fans complain when the team doesn't play well, but they can't do these racist acts again and again. I've had enough.”

Kameni's Argentine team mate Pablo Zabaleta supported the keeper's claims,
“It hurts. We have all come out on the pitch carrying a banner against racism but it is clear the message is not getting through.”

Last week was Anti-Racism week in Spain.