Ghanaian forward sent off for reacting to racist chants in Austria


Ghanaian and Altach striker Bernard Tekpetey was sent off in an Austrian Cup tie after the player reacting to racist chanting from fans.

The game had to be paused and afterwards, the opposition club, Union Gurten, confirmed that the game was “briefly interrupted by racist chanting from the public.”

The club duly condemned the supporters and announced that it would ban any offending fans once they were caught.

Though, that was not to be the talking point after the player was sent off during the game for reacting to the chants.

Tekpetey scored the winning goal in extra time as the side won the game 4-3 and gestured to the fans who had taunted him.

When he turned around, the referee had sent the player off in an event which shocked many including his club Altach.

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Responding to the incident, the Austrian league explained the player was: “exposed to provocation” but found “no wrong decision by the referee”.

Following that response, Tekpetey’s club Altach have revealed they will appeal the decision after the chants.

The Austrian footballing federation has since opened their own investigation into the incident and has condemned any such actions.

“The OeFB strongly condemns, as a basic rule, any form of racism,” explained general secretary Thomas Hollerer.

“Our organisation stands for diversity, tolerance, and integration in all areas.”

UEFA react to crowd trouble

UEFA have this week begun to fine teams whose fans have been found to cause trouble in the latest Europa and Champions League games.

The sides include Everton and Hajduk Split following their clash in August as well as Spartak Moscow for their flare issues.

Find out the latest about the charges and punishments here.