Monday, March 8, LOSC denounced “unacceptable racist insults” uttered against “some of its players” by several individuals gathered during the Coupe de France match against Gazélec Football Club in Ajaccio.
It is through a press release that the Ligue 1 club, Lille, deplored certain incidents that occurred on Sunday: “At the end of the meeting between his team and GFC Ajaccio (N2, 4th division) (…), the LOSC learned with dismay of repeated racist insults to which some of its players were victims, insults from several spectators gathered near the field of the Ange-Casanova Stadium “. Denouncing “without reservation” these “unacceptable racist insults”, the northern club “also regrets that these behaviors, however visible and audible of the players in the match, did not give rise to any intervention on the part of the organizers”. Since these statements, the communication of the Corsican club has so far not reacted.
The meeting was however played behind closed doors because of health restrictions. But a handful of supporters attended the match, installed high behind a fence on the edge of the field. It is on this side that Sanches, entered on time, delivered his decisive pass for the 2-0 goal. The LOSC was also surprised that these individuals “were able to meet only a few meters from the field (…) in defiance of sanitary rules”.
The Portuguese midfielder of Lille Renato Sanches had already mentioned in a tweet, Sunday evening, “racist comments” against him. However, he had not given more explanations concerning his words. In the caption of photos taken during this match won 3-1, he congratulated himself on the “victory” and his “decisive pass”, adding: “for all the racist comments, we continue to laugh”, in English, then to conclude in French with this formula: “#Renato will pick up cotton”.
The Lille club’s press release concluded as follows: “In order to help fight against such acts, which is the duty of all, always, the LOSC will make available to the French Football Federation and GFC Ajaccio all useful content in its possession to take the measures that they will deem necessary “.