SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian soccer club Santos said Thursday that two of its players were racially abused by fans during the team’s 2-1 loss to Audax Italiano in a Copa Sudamericana match at the Chilean team's stadium.
Santos said in a statement that defender Joaquim and striker Ângelo, who are Black, “were verbally abused” and harassed by local fans “making monkey gestures” during a group-stage match Wednesday night in the city of Rancagua.
The Brazilian club said it had brought its complaints to South American soccer body CONMEBOL, which has opened a case on the issue.
Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega, who is Black, said he faced racial insults from local fans.
“We are not improving as mankind, this is a disaster all over the world. It is very sad to come here and this happen," Rodallega told the official broadcaster after his team's 1-0 defeat. “We didn't lose the match because of those people, but this issue of racism tires us."
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