Cheikh Kane Sarr: Senegalese Goalkeeper Banned in Spain for Confronting Racist Fan

Cheikh Kane Sarr: Senegalese Goalkeeper Banned in Spain for Confronting Racist Fan

Lukman Mumuni
April 4, 2024 at 4:12 PM
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  • Senegal goalie, Cheikh Kane Sarr, has been banned for two games
  • The Rayo Majadahonda confronted a fan for making a racist remark
  • The Spanish Federation also fined his club as well as Sestao River

Senegalese goalkeeper, Cheikh Kane Sarr, has been slapped with a two-game ban in Spain for confronting a fan who allegedly racially abused him during a league game.

The goalkeeper, who plies his trade in the Spanish third division for Rayo Majadahonda, was sent off in the 84th minute of their game against Sestao River.

Kane Sarr claims that the fan was racially abusing him, forcing him to leave his post and move at him in the stands. This led to an abrupt end to the match after his teammates refused to return to the pitch due to his red card.

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Cheik Kane Sarr speaking after allegedly suffering racist abuse in a league game in Spain. Credit: @LaLigaExtra @BBCAfrica.
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"I grabbed him and asked why he was insulting me. My attitude was not aggressive, I just wanted to ask him why," he said after the game, as quoted by the BBC.
"It was something horrible and I could not stop myself. It was a very sad and ugly thing what they were saying," he added.

Rayo Majadanhonda were given an automatic 3-0 defeat and also deducted three points while being fined 3,006 euros for refusing to return to the mitch.

According to the Spanish Federation, as reported by MSN, the goalkeeper's reaction was "contrary to good sporting order" but said there were "mitigating circumstances" because of "justified sufficient provocation, motivated by the racist insults received".

Meanwhile, Sestao will play two home games behind closed doors and has also been fined 6,001 euros for "failing to act diligently or co-operate in the repression of violent, racist, xenophobic or intolerant behaviour".

Vinicius breaks down in tears over racism

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Vinicius Jr broke down in tears as he spoke about how racism affects footballers before Brazil's friendly against Spain last month.

The Real Madrid winger has endured unfair treatment, spiralling into racist taunts from rival fans in La Liga matches in recent years, with one incident in Valencia in May provoking worldwide outrage.

Despite residing in Spain since 2018, Vini Jr. has faced numerous instances of racial abuse, leading journalists to broach the sensitive topic during the press conference.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.