The match of the third preliminary round of the Champions League between Sparta Prague and Monaco was interrupted for three minutes, Tuesday, August 3, after a complaint from Monegasque players who said they were victims of racist cries from the public.
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We are at 37e minute of play. French midfielder Aurélien Tchouameni opened the scoring with a corner kick from his teammate, Russian player Aleksandr Golovin. The Monegasques celebrate the goal in front of the Czech fans. Monkey cries are then audible in the grandstand of the Generali Arena. Aurélien Tchouameni complained to his coach Niko Kovac, then to the English referee of the meeting, Mickael Oliver, about these cries.
After a few minutes of exchanges, the game resumed but the Monegasque players were obviously not satisfied with this situation.
” No to racism “
According to UEFA protocol, the referee of the match took into account the complaint of Tchouaméni and his captain Wissam Ben Yedder. He then asked the stadium announcer to remind the public that in the event of a new incident, the match could be stopped.
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” No to racism. In the event of repeated racist behavior, the match may be over before its end. Support Sparta in the spirit of fair play! “, could we read, in Czech, on a giant screen, before the resumption of the meeting.
Monaco finally doubled down and won 2-0 in Prague. “We won this game but the most important thing happened just after our first goal. And also at the end of the match! We are all very sad and disgusted that this continues in the XXIe century “, reacted Kovac after the meeting. “We won the match, but we also won against racism. This is the most important message of the evening ”, added the Monaco coach.