Greek PFA slams abuse on player06 April 2005

Just one week after the World Cup qualifier Greece vs Albania when the Greek FA refused to sell tickets to Albanians, another racist incident in Greek football occured.

The Greek Association of Professional Footballers released a statement condemning a racist incident by fans against Aegaleo player Kofi Amponsah.

The 27-year-old Ghanaian defender was the victim of racist remarks from fans of his own team in their 1-0 home victory over Iraklis in a Greek first division match on Sunday.

In a statement the Greek PFA said: Such incidents are not only saddening, but at the same time cause special concern. The incident with the unacceptable behaviour towards the player can only irritate those of us who love Greek football, as it would seem that the situation is getting out of control.

After the match, Aegaleo coach Ilie Dumitrescu said Amponsah had at half-time asked to be left out for the remainder of the match.

He was crying. I do not respect those fans who say racist remarks. They are nothing. We don't need them. I would prefer they shout at me for the next 100 matches than my players, Dumitrescu said.