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Bernard Tekpetey punished in Austria for racism reaction

Striker Bernard Tekpetey in action for Altach

Ghana’s Bernard Tekpetey found himself in further trouble for his reaction to racists slurs targeted at him during a match in Austria.

The 20-year old striker, currently on loan at Altach from Germany’s Schalke 04, has been handed a two-match ban after he was sent off for his reaction to alleged racist insults during his side’s Austrian Cup tie against third tier Union Gurten.

Altach won the said match 4-3 after extra-time and Tekpetey’s gesturing towards Union Gurten’s fans after netting his side’s fourth goal from a free-kick has landed him the ban.

The Austrian league’s disciplinary committee recognised that “the player was exposed to provocation and this was taken into account in the judgement”, but it found “no obviously wrong disciplinary decision” by the referee.

The committee added that the second match of the ban had been suspended for six months after the amount of provocation towards Tekpetey, who is on loan from German club Schalke 04, was taken into account.

Meanwhile, the Austrian federation (OeFB) said it had opened its own case against Union Gurten.

“The OeFB strongly condemns, as a basic rule, any form of racism,” said general secretary Thomas Hollerer in a statement. “Our organisation stands for diversity, tolerance, and integration in all areas.”

Union Gurten confirmed in a statement that the game was “briefly interrupted by racist chanting from the public”. It condemned their behaviour and said it would try to find out who the fans were and ban them from the stadium.

Altach’s sporting director Georg Zellhofer told Austrian media his club would appeal against Tekpetey’s red card. He described the insults as unbelievable.

 

 

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