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Nadir Hifi, the leader of Paris Basket, denounced “monkey shouting” during the Eurocup match played on Tuesday, November 14, evening in Badalone, Spain.
SPORTS – “unacceptable behavior”. The French Basketball Federation denounced the insults this Wednesday, November 15 “of a racist nature directed at basketball players in Paris”during the match between the club and Badalona, in the EuroCup on Tuesday evening.
“President Jean-Pierre Siutat expresses his full support for the club and the players. He will quickly contact the Spanish Federation and the Euro League leaders so that appropriate action can be taken in light of this unacceptable behavior.”assured the Federation on X (formerly Twitter).
A statement that follows that of the leading player of Paris Basketball, Nadir Hifi, who was the first to denounce “monkey cries during the match”. “It’s 2023 and still nothing changes, it’s very serious”thundered the French-Algerian player. “This is – obviously – unacceptable. This is hate speech,” Paris Basketball responded quickly.
” That happens every year without anything changing”
German-Swiss Michael Kessens added in response to his teammate’s message: “ I don’t know what’s worse. The racist behavior of the supporters of @Penya1930 (Club Joventut Badalona, editor’s note) or the fact that this shit happens every year without anything changing. Cowardly behavior from fans who seem to find it acceptable and normal. Are you going to do something about this @Eurocup? “.
Euroleague Basketball, which (in addition to the Euroleague) organizes the Eurocup, the second European competition, indicated in a press release that Nadir Hifi’s accusation “ already reported » and that they “ was the subject of an investigation by the competent authorities”. “If the available video footage shows the reported facts and if the perpetrators are identified, Euroleague Basketball will take all necessary measures to prevent this from happening again”will be added.
A month ago, Nancy-Red Star footballers also criticized mimes and monkey cries from the audience towards three players. The author of the insults was eventually banned from the stadium for the next five years.
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