UEFA charges Sparta Prague following racist abuse in Champions League qualifier against Monaco

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UEFA has charged Sparta Prague following racist abuses from fans during their Champions League third qualifying round match against Monaco.

Monaco won the game by 2-0. Three minutes were taken off the clock and fans were warned about their behavior after abusive language was directed at Aurelien Tuchouameni, Monaco's opener. France Under-21 player and his teammates ran over to Niko Kovac (Monaco manager) and UEFA officials – including Michael Oliver – to complain about alleged racial chanting in the crowd directed at them. Tchouameni took to social media to state that he had been threatened with death because he took a stand against racism. But, the "hateful comments" will not affect his personal life. The 21-year-old questioned UEFA’s procedures regarding racist behavior and asked why players who are racially abused did not participate in deciding the protocols. He also wanted to know why a match could be stopped to determine if a teammate was "offside" but not for racist chanting. "Yesterday's club cam was on the pitch, and it caught everything," he stated. It was clear and loud. Kovac expressed his disgust that the abuse of this nature continues to be "in the 21stcentury" after Monaco's defeat. The Czech side has been charged with the following offenses: discriminatory behavior and provocation of offensive messages.

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