Racism rears its ugly head again01 October 2004

Racist abuse has again reared its ugly head during a major European football match. Racist banners and abuse were witnessed during the Legia Warzawa – FK Austria Vienna UEFA Cup match played on 30 October, 2004. The banners, clearly visible on Austrian TV, featured “Legia 88” with the “88” being in a circle – a common Neo-Nazi symbol. Additionally, Austria Vienna’s two Nigerian players, Rabiu Afolabi and Tosin Dosunmu, faced a torrent of racist monkey chants.

It is unclear as yet, whether FK Austria Vienna or the match officials have made an official report of the incidents to UEFA. Previously, UEFA have severely punished European clubs and federations whose fans or players are involved in racist incidents.