Man City abandon EDS U21 game in Croatia after HNK Rijeka player spews racial abuse

Manchester City have released a statement regarding an unsettling turn of events during their Elite Development Squad’s friendly against HNK Rijeka in Croatia.

The game was abandoned in the latter stages of the first half after City player Seko Fofana was racially abused by an unnamed opponent.

After being alerted to the incident, City officials called their players off the pitch and abandoned the game, a more than commendable move in our eyes.

The club statement in full says: “Manchester City’s EDS U21 game with HNK Rijeka has today been cancelled due to an alleged incident of racial abuse toward the Club’s young midfielder, Seko Fofana by a member of the opposing team.

Following an alleged incident in the latter stages of the first half of the game, being played in Novigrad, Croatia, a decision was taken by the management staff to withdraw the City team from the field of play and cancel the game.

Club representatives in Croatia and in Manchester are liaising with officials, the match organisers and the Croatian Football Association to pursue this matter further.”

You can see the club’s tweets below as well as a video highlighting the quality of Seko Fofana, a French U19 international very similar in style and stature to Paul Pogba. Last season, Fofana was adjudged by many to have had a breakthrough season.