In a statement published on Saturday 8 April, Bordeaux denounced racist insults made on social media against their Cameroonian defender Malcom Bokele, who was sent off against Bastia at the end of a stormy match in the 30th round of the Ligue 2.
The French club said it is; “firmly committed to the fight against racism and all forms of discrimination”. Before adding that they are; “considering all possible steps to ensure that the events of today (Saturday) do not go unpunished”.
During the Girondins’ important 2-0 victory in the race for second place against the frustrated Bastiese side, scuffles broke out at the end of the tense match. A red card followed for Bokélé. The Cameroonian, who was viciously trampled by Bastia midfielder Tom Ducrocq and knocked to the ground by Bastia players, was then shown a red card, prompting an outrage from Bordeaux fans and, above all, from his club, who have given him their full support.
“Whatever be the situation on the pitch, nothing can and will never justify racism in football. Having taken note of the events that took place after the match, Bordeaux offers its full support to Malcom Bokele in the face of the comments and insults made against him,” wrote the managing director, Thomas Jacquemier.
On social media, the Cameroonian international Malcom Bokele, also delivered some words.
“I am very disappointed with how the game ended. But the support I have received since the images of the incident is very heartfelt. Thank you! I’ll be back soon and stronger!
The Bordeaux right-back of FC was part of the list of players selected by Rigobert Song in the double confrontation Cameroon vs Namibia, counting for the 3rd and 4th days of the qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) TotalEnergies Cote D’Ivoire 2023. He started against Namibia at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, where Cameroon and Namibia separated on a parity score, 1-1.
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