Troy Deeney receives racist abuse after FA Cup win, Raheem Sterling against walking off

Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling - who has spoken out against ongoing racist abuse in football - at a press conference ahead of the Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg. (AFP)
Updated 09 April 2019

Troy Deeney receives racist abuse after FA Cup win, Raheem Sterling against walking off

  • Watford captain Troy Deeney was targeted with racial abuse on social media
  • Raheem Sterling, who is also black, said Monday that he was against players walking off pitches

LONDON: Watford captain Troy Deeney was targeted with racial abuse on social media after scoring in the FA Cup semifinal win over Wolverhampton.

Deeney’s stoppage-time penalty at Wembley Stadium sent the game into extra time, where Watford sealed a 3-2 victory on Sunday.

Deeney posted photos on his Instagram account of his celebrations on the field and later with his family and friends.

Alongside the Premier League’s “No room for racism” logo, Deeney wrote on Instagram on Monday that he had been forced to block comments from his posts after receiving abuse from “small minded people” on the platform.

“To me this isn’t a game, when you racially abuse my family or myself I have to take measures to prevent young people seeing these comments and thinking that it’s acceptable,” Deeney wrote.

It follows a weekend when Wigan player Nathan Byrne received racist abuse on Twitter and Derby midfielder Duane Holmes was the victim of abuse at Brentford during a second-tier Championship game.

Last week, Tottenham defender Danny Rose said he was looking forward to retiring from the game because of the ongoing racism problems and inaction by authorities.

Rose was among England players targeted with monkey chants in Montenegro last month while playing in a European Championship qualifier.

England teammate Raheem Sterling, who is also black, said Monday that he was against players walking off pitches if there is racist abuse by opposition fans.

“To win the game would hurt them even more,” Sterling said.

“They’re only trying to get you down. If you walk off they win, to score or win would be better.”


Luis Suarez suspected of cheating on Italian exam

Updated 22 September 2020

Luis Suarez suspected of cheating on Italian exam

  • The Italian exam was a first step required in order to receive a passport ahead of a possible transfer to Juventus
  • Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said a proposed deal for Suarez was unlikely to go ahead because of delays in the Uruguayan’s bid to get an Italian passport

ROME: Barcelona forward Luis Suarez is suspected of cheating to pass his Italian language test with the help of his teachers, the Perugia prosecutor’s department in charge of the investigation said on Tuesday.
The Italian exam was a first step required in order to receive a passport ahead of a possible transfer to Juventus.
“The investigation showed that the subjects discussed during the exam were agreed beforehand with the candidate and that the grade was awarded to him even before the test,” the prosecutor’s department said in a statement.
Local prosecutor Raffaele Cantone, a former head of Italy’s National Anti-Corruption Authority, had been carrying out an investigation since February into University for Foreigners officials over various irregularities. Suspicions over Suarez were aroused by an overheard conversation.
“But what do you think, that we’re going to fail him? Today I have the last lesson (with Suarez) and I have to prepare it because he barely speaks a word” of Italian, Stefania Spina, one of the people targeted by the investigation, is claimed to have said according to prosecution documents cited by Italian media.
Asked by a colleague what level Suarez “should pass” in Italian, Spina reportedly replied: “He should not, he must, he will pass, because with a salary of 10 million (euros) per season, you can’t make him fail” his exam, “even if he doesn’t know how to conjugate verbs and speak in the infinitive.”
Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said last week a proposed deal for Suarez was unlikely to go ahead because of delays in the Uruguayan’s bid to get an Italian passport.
The Italian champions cannot recruit Suarez otherwise because they have already reached their quota for non-EU players.