by Alessandro Bacci
The African attacker from Cengio insulted by the Plodio goalkeeper. “Absurd that this will happen again in 2021”
Match suspended for alleged racist insults. It happened yesterday afternoon at Cesare Brin stadium from Cairo Montenotte (Savona), during the challenge of Second Category (group C) between Plodio e Cengio. At 35 minutes, on the result of 0-0, the referee Pietro Pollero decreed it stop to the race. As reported by the guests, the goalkeeper of the Plodio would have addressed the African striker of the Cengio, Abdou Diop, offending him for the color of his skin. Diop reacted and was booked for the second time, finishing expelled, as the referee would not have heard the offenses, thus punishing only the attacker’s reaction.
The coach of Cengio, who had heard the offenses, reported them to the referee and has threatened to withdraw the team. At that point the whistle, given the tension that had been created on the pitch, decided to suspend the game, first on a temporary basis and then definitive, although both teams were available to continue the match.
Great the disappointment of the coach of the Cengio, Stefan Marian: “I have already heard racist insults on the pitch and it is absurd that it still happens in 2021. If it happens again against one of my players, I will withdraw the team. “
The leaders of the Plodio deny the version given by the opponents. “Absolutely nothing happened today – said the sports director Fabio Abate – There was an unjustified and disproportionate reaction on the part of the Cengio bench with the managers who invited the team to leave the field because they had heard racist insults “