Kovac disgusted by racist abuse towards Tchouameni

Monaco coach Niko Kovac has revealed that he was disgusted by the racist remarks thrown at his midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni during Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first leg 2 nil defeat of Sparta Pague away from home.

Tchouameni who represents the France U21 side scored the opener for the Ligue 1 outfit in the first half before Kevin Volland’s goal in the second half secured the victory ahead of Tuesday’s return leg.

“We are all very sad and disgusted that it continues in the 21st century,” Monaco coach Niko Kovac said.

“A football field is part of the world. There can be those type of attitudes which have to be stopped. I hope it doesn’t happen again.

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“We won the game and we also won against racism,” he added.

During the game, Tchouameni and his teammates ran over to boss Kovac and UEFA officials, with Michael Oliver inclusive to complain about monkey chants from the crowd in the Czech capital after he opened the scoring in the 37th minute.

French broadcaster Canal+ suggested that Oliver followed the protocols stipulated by UEFA for such an incident as the game was put on hold for three minutes.

This was subsequently followed by a message broadcasted on the public address system and posted on the Stadium’s screen which warned that the game would be halted if the racist abuse persisted.

Other results from the matchday include PSV Eindhoven’s 3 nil defeat of Denmark’s Midtjylland which came as no surprise and Malmo’s 2:1 defeat of Scottish champions Rangers.