Newcastle United players subjected to racism in Holland
Rival supporters direct racist chants at Toon players at 'friendly' match
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Newcastle United travelled to the Hague for the pre-season tie against Den Haag yesterday.
But the match was marred by a small section of the home support who made monkey noises towards Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba and Cheik Tiote.
The majority of abuse came in the first half of the 0-0 draw at the Kyocera Stadium.
United officials have since spoken to Den Haag about the incident.
And the Dutch club has vowed to investigate the matter.
It was not known last night whether Newcastle had received an official apology from their opponents who had many black players within their own team.
A statement issued by Newcastle United said: “In reference to alleged racist chants reported during Newcastle United’s friendly against Den Haag today, the club will be raising the matter with officials at Den Haag and it will be dealt with privately.”
Last night’s incident once again puts the issue of racism in football under the spotlight.
Fears that this summer’s European Championships in Poland Ukraine would be ruined by racist crowds were largely unfounded, though many England fans chose not to travel over to Europe for the matches.
Ged Grebby told the Sunday Sun he hoped the culprits behind last night’s outrage would be punished.
“It’s disgraceful that this has happened and it defeats the object of playing a friendly match,” he said.
“I’m sure Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba, Cheik Tiote and all the team were shocked by it. Even at friendly games fans have to abide by the rules.“Hopefully we can find out who these people are and they can be dealt with. Newcastle United has got a fantastic record for tackling racism and I’m sure they will make sure action is taken.”
You can read about Demba Ba and Chieck Tiote's reactions here. Speaking to The Evening Chronicle, Demba Ba said:
“People have to man up. There are many people on earth and you have to be responsible.”
Check out this short film of Demba Ba and Leon Best at a Show Racism the Red Card event in March of this year.