UEFA has responded to a plea from Glasgow Rangers to investigate alleged racial abuse of American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley during yesterday's 1-0 win over FK Zeta in Champions League qualifying.
Beasley, who scored the only goal, said the he and teammate, French Guyanan Jean-Claude Darcheville, were subjected to "monkey chants" during the match.
"At this stage what we have is
evidence from independent sources or media sources, and what we have done is open an investigation," UEFA spokesman William Gaillard told Sky Television on Wednesday. "We haven't yet received the
report from our delegate but we have enough circumstantial evidence to begin our investigation." Gaillard said UEFA would next examine reports by the referee, the match delegates and security
officers at the game. The European soccer organization has a zero-tolerance policy with respect to racism. A ruling will be made in a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, Zeta spokesman Veselin
Tomovic told the AP the "monkey chants" were not specifically aimed at Beasley. "Our fans chant that to their opponents all the time. It has nothing to do with the color of skin," he said. That
kind of limp cover-up could be construed as being just as bad.
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