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Latest update : 2008-02-27

French football club Metz announced on Tuesday that it will lodge a fresh complaint against some of its own supporters after they shouted racist abuse at a match on Saturday – the latest in a series of similar incidents.

METZ - Metz will file a complaint after new racist incidents involving some of their supporters, the Ligue 1 club said on Tuesday.


Club sources confirmed reports by witnesses that some Metz fans had shouted racist chants and performed Nazi salutes after a 2-0 defeat at Olympique Lyon on Saturday.


"We will file a complaint once we have completed our inquiry and identified the culprits", Metz director of security Jacky Ancel told reporters.


Valenciennes captain Abdeslam Ouaddou has filed a legal complaint after being racially abused by a fan during a Ligue 1 match at Metz on Feb. 16.


Following that incident players, referees and coaches wore T-shirts reading "racism, never again" before every Ligue 1 match last weekend.


After the match in Lyon, some Metz players threw those T-shirts at the Metz fans in the stands. Some T-shirts were thrown back on to the pitch after being torn and that is when the Nazi salutes and racist insults followed, witnesses said.


Last Friday, a racist banner was held by some Bastia fans during a Ligue 2 match.


The banner was targeted at visiting Libourne-St Seurin's Burkina Faso-born striker Boubacar Kebe, who had previously complained about racial slurs in a Ligue 2 match against Bastia last year.


League body LFP has launched disciplinary proceedings and said Bastia could be docked points.

Date created : 2008-02-27