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Rugby: for Serge Simon, racism is "a site permanently open"


The vice-president of the French Rugby Federation spoke on the issue of racism after the suspension of Ludovic Radosavljevic,

The racist insult had slammed in the middle of a pro D2 match.

"I'm going to burn you, banana eater," said Provence Rugby player Ludovic Radosavljevic against Chris Ambadiang.

Serge Simon, the vice-president of the French Rugby Federation returned to the issue of racism, in an interview with AFP.

"On the site of intolerance and racism, we must never think that things have been acquired, this case reminds us of this, and we must be permanently in a process of action and efficiency, explained Serge Simon.

It is a site that is permanently open and each time a line is crossed we have a duty to achieve results.

It doesn't have to exist.


The sanction debated at the beginning of next week

The insult had been revealed by the victim, on his Instagram account.

Chris Ambadiang had written a long message denouncing racism, but without quoting the player.

"It is crazy to think that in the rugby community, such a racist incident can be put under the carpet", had in particular written the young Neversois.

Ludovic Radosavljevic finally apologized.

A few days later the verdict was in.

He won't be back on the pitch until April 2022, which would leave him two games to play in the Pro D2 championship.

Radosavljevic was found responsible for “verbal offenses and provocations” and more particularly “verbal aggression”.

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The Federation as well as the National Rugby League had seized the disciplinary committee and can also appeal the decision in order to impose a heavier sanction. "At the federation, we took note of the decision (...) This sanction will be discussed at the beginning of next week with the president (Bernard Laporte), his entourage, the federal office", added Serge Simon, before concluding that “The world of rugby as a whole does not accept that this line is crossed. "

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2021-09-18

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