Rugby

Fijian back tells of racial abuse

2015-08-31 12:32
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Paris - Montpellier's Fijian utility back Timoci Nagusa has claimed he was racially abused by a Pau fan during a French Top 14 game on Saturday.

The incident occurred in the first half when he picked up a yellow card, Nagusa told French rugby weekly Midi Olympique on Monday.

"I saw this man in the crowd. He was doing terrible gestures... like a monkey... at the beginning, I did not pay attention but he continued," Nagusa said.

"I was about 10 metres from him and when I went towards him, I was wondering if I was going to jump on him and punch him but I changed my mind. I'm better than that."

Nagusa said he would not file charges, explaining that he did not want to "do anything that could ruin this man's life".

In a joint statement, Montpellier and Pau said they would do "everything they can to sanction this act that does not reflect the spirit and values of the two clubs or rugby".

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