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La Liga condemned after another racism incident

ABUSED: Pape Diop, right, in action against Atletico (PA)

SPANISH LEAGUE authorities are coming under increasing pressure to take action following another case of racism involving fans abusing a black player.

Levante midfielder Pape Diop was the latest in a long line of footballers to suffer racial abuse in La Liga, and the abuse from Atletico Madrid supporters comes only a week after Barcelona’s Dani Alves had a banana thrown at him by a Villarreal fan – an action that lead to an online viral campaign due to Alves’ unsual response of eating the fruit.

Diop was subjected to monkey chants over the weekend when Levante caused an upset by beating league leaders Atletico 2-0. The abuse led to the Senegalese player doing a dance, before team-mates pulled him away from the abusive fans.

In response to the latest racism furore to engulf the Spanish game, a spokesman for UEFA chief Michel Platini condemned those responsible for the abuse and called on La Liga to act.

On Twitter, UEFA’s Pedro Pinto said: “UEFA and its president Michel Platini strongly condemn all forms of discrimination including recent racist behaviour of fans in Spain.

“UEFA has tough rules and sanctions against all forms of discrimination for all of its competitions. Where instances occur outside of our jurisdiction, we support appropriate action being taken by the relevant authorities.”

Atletico have issued no official club statement over the abuse, but local media reports said a group of Madrid players visited Diop in the changing rooms after the game to apologise for the actions of their fans.

In a statement, La Liga said it will track down the racist fans, and added: “The Professional League of Spanish Football (LFP) and, in particular, its Department of Integrity, is strongly against any discriminatory, violent, racist, xenophobic or intolerant act, especially in the environment of football and sports”.

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