Racism depressingly reared it’s ugly head in a Women’s Champions League match on Wednesday.
Frankfurt started the night 1-0 up from the first leg of their quarterfinal tie, however the match went to penalties after Rosengard won 1-0 in regulation time.
In the end the German won the match 5-4 in a penalty shootout.
The match, however, has focused attentions for all the wrong reasons, after Rosengard striker Gaëlle Enganamouit was racially abused by the home fans during the game.
The match referee even stopped the game briefly to deal with the abuse from the sidelines.
According to Swedish website Sydsvenskan, Enganamouit was abused throughout the match, while the player told the news outlet about her experience:
Yes, I heard what they were shouting. I did not care. Such is football and when you want to be the best, you must turn your head. I have not faced it before.
Rosengard’s coach Jack Majgaard Jensen also spoke out against the sad scenes:
It’s f**king sad. Especially when it’s at a player who has done so much for female football. It’s clear they were booing and screaming, but when it becomes racist, and it’s personal, it does not belong in football.