Racism clouds Moroccan football game after Amazigh fans face slurs

Maroccan supporters hold flags during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying football match against Libya in Agadir on June 12, 2015. (File photo: AFP)

Racism has swept Morocco’s football stadiums this week after fans of the Hassania Agadir team were subject to racist slogans and cheers during their game against Raja Casablanca, which prompted them to file a complaint with the International Federation of Football in order to intervene and put an end to such hostile behaviors.

During the game played on Monday at Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca, fans of the Moroccan Raja Casablanca received the Hassania Agadir team and their crowd with racist and ethnic slogans such as “Sit down, Amazigh” in a derogatory tone, referring to the ethnic background of the team which belongs to an Amazigh-speaking region.

Following the incident, fans of Hassania Agadir sent a letter on Friday to FIFA complaining of the indifference and lack of sympathy they received upon reaching out to the Moroccan Football Federation (MPF), who did not issue any penalty against Raja Casablanca fans.
In their letter, Hassania Agadir fans said they were “shocked by the chanting of racial slogans against them by Moroccan fans during the match between the two teams” and asked FIFA to intervene to combat these racist behaviors in order to deter the public so that these actions do not contribute to strengthening racism within national and international stadiums, in order to support moral norms that are far from racism.”

The fans of the same team also complained that they had been denied entering the stadium with the Amazigh flag, which represents the Amazigh people’s identity during the various matches of their team.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51
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