Swiss football hero faces racism allegations04 November 2004

Swiss national hero, Stéphane Chapuisat, has allegedly made racist remarks towards Selver Hodzic, a FC Thun player who is of Bosnian origin. Chapuisat is accused of making the abusive remarks during the Swiss super league game between Young Boys Bern and FC Thun. Ironically, the alleged incidents happened during a match designated by the club and supporters of Young Boys Bern to be part their contribution to FARE’s Action Week. It is unclear whether the incidents have been officially reported to match officials.

Afterwards, Hodzic stated to newspaper Berner Zeitung,
“[Chapuisat] has called me at least 10 times ‘Shit Jugo’ (Scheiss Jugo) during the match and he told me to go back to my country. Under normal circumstances I can cope with such insults, but during the action day against racism it is most terrible.”

Stephan Chapuisat, who earned 99 caps in the Swiss national team and won the UEFA Champions League with Borussia Dortmund in the 1996/1997 season, did not deny the incidence.
“I'm not going to lower myself to his standards, Hodzic has also called me unpleasant names, which I don’t want to repeat here.”

Mixed Signals
The alleged abuse has left anti-racist campaigners dumfounded. Chapuisat together with his team mates Franciso Neri, Thomas Häberli and Captain Mark Disler featured on a post card with the slogan “Gemeinsam gegen Rassismus”. 5000 copies of the cards were distributed at the derby match to mark the FARE Action Week. While playing in the German Bundesliga, where he scored a total or 102 goals, he also took part in the initiative “Mein Freund ein Ausländer” (My friend a foreigner).