Wanchope in racist scuffle14 March 2005

Malaga striker Paulo Wanchope says he was involved in a scuffle with the club's fans after they racially abused him while he was warming down after a league match on Saturday 12 March 2005.

The Costa Rica international said he was attacked when he went to confront the fans who had used a megaphone to shout abuse at him following his side's 2-1 defeat at home to Real Betis.

Wanchope said on his website,
“It all started because one of the fans started to shout insults at me through the megaphone. I ran out of patience and went to the stands to confront him saying that if he was such a man he should say it to my face. He then kicked me and I defended myself by hitting him back. Then another fan came along and hit me from behind and I responded to that too.”

“The police and my team mates eventually calmed everything down, but then a small group from the same band started to make monkey noises and shout out that I was a black shit, insults that really hurt me because they were racist.”

The 28-year-old former Manchester City player, who joined Malaga at the start of the season, said that he may have over-reacted, but that the fans had been responsible for the incident.

“I've thought about it and I think I went too far and could have controlled myself, but it was difficult to put up with those sort of insults.”