Posted On Thursday, 4th April 2013
French football authorities will not punish the racist fans of Nice for racially abusing Ghana winger Andre Ayew during the league match, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
That is because French League match observers and match officials including the referee did not put the ugly incident in their report so it will not be pursued.
This revelation is likely to spark uproar in the football world as the decision of the French authorities will be subject to scrutiny because officials did not report the serious incident.
Also as such an incident is also recorded by television stations the French Football authorities are expected to look at the video to make a decision and since they have opted not to resort to that rule it shows they are not keen in clamping down on racism in the sport.
FIFA could be forced to intervene to give stiffer sanctions to the French club Nice if video shows that Ayew was really abused.
Supporters of Nice hurled racially abusive insults at the Marseille player during Sunday’s south coast derby which Marseille won 1-0.
Despite pleas by Nice’s director of security, Ayew, 23, was abused during his team’s 1-0 victory, while press photographers were threatened and spat at by fans in the second half.
This comes as a shock to the football world as France is regarded as a country that has been racially conducive for Black people with all the teams in the country having black players or players of colour.
This comes just days after FIFA set an Anti-Discrimination Taskforce to help clamp down on the cancer affecting the game particularly in Europe.
With Kevin Prince Boateng, a close friend of Andre Ayew, a member of the FIFA Anti-Discrimination Taskforce, a passionate plea for a strong punishment against Nice could be advocated.