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Sporting Gijon facing punishment over racist chanting

Sporting Gijon facing punishment over racist chanting

La Liga 123 side Sporting Gijon are facing punishment after racist chanting was heard in their fixture with Nastic recently.

Diario AS report that chants from the Sporting section of fans against Nastic were deemed racist, claiming they only want local players to play for their club.

Gijon have a crop of European and South American players, which feature defenders Xandao and Federico Barba, plus forwards Michael Santos and Stefan Scepovic.

Both Jean-Sylvain Babin and Rachid Ait-Atmane are out on loan at present, whilst the likes of Douglas were allowed to leave last summer.

The chants which were confirmed by TV station La Sexta, are said to have been as follows:

“We do not want black players.”

A statement from the Ultra’s group at the club insisted that the chants were not what they are claimed to be, but previous convictions against the club for racist chants against Athletic Club forward Inaki Williams – do not stand them in good stead.

The Segunda side received a stadium ban for their chants towards Williams in 2016 and they face the same action from La Liga.

Sporting currently sit 9th in Segunda after that 2-0 win over Nastic, which saw Michael Santos and Ruben Garcia Santos score.

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