More disgusting news coming out about another player having racist chants directed at him. This time the player who was subjected to the abuse is US international Jozy Altidore. Jozy and AZ were playing a Dutch Cup match against Den Bosch and in the first half the racist chanting began:
Referee Reinold Wiedemeijer wanted to stop the match in the first half because of “jungle sounds chanted at Altidore,” according to AZ’s official twitter feed. But AZ players, including Altidore, who is black, persuaded him not to.
Wiedemeijer halted play briefly in the second half because of fans throwing balls of ice at his linesmen, according to the Dutch Eredivisie official Twitter feed and Dutch news website Nu.nl.
It’s unbelievable that this continues to happen and this is one of the most serious (if not the most serious) issues facing the sport today. It sounds like Jozy handled himself incredibly professionally and even went on to grab another goal. More on the story can be found here.
After the jump there is some video of AZ technical director Ernie Stewart being interviewed. It’s in Dutch so I don’t know what is being said, but you can see how much this incident pains Ernie Stewart.
Video after the jump.