The match of the third preliminary round of the Champions League between Sparta Prague and Monaco was interrupted for three minutes after a complaint from Monegasque players who said they were victims of racist cries from the public.
After opening the scoring with a header on a corner hit by Russian Aleksandr Golovin (37th), French midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni complained to his coach Niko Kovac, then to the English referee of the match, Mr. Mickael Oliver, of racist cries received during the celebration of his goal.
These cries came from the stands of the Generali Arena.
After a few minutes of exchanges, the game resumed but the Monegasque players were obviously not satisfied with this situation.
According to UEFA protocol, the referee of the match took into account the complaint of Tchouaméni and his captain Wissam Ben Yedder. He then asked the stadium announcer to remind the public that in the event of a new incident, the match could be stopped.
” No to racism. In the event of repeated racist behavior, the match may be over before its end. Support Sparta in the spirit of fair play! », Could be read in Czech on a giant screen, before the resumption of the meeting.
Monaco won 0-2 in Prague, taking the option of qualifying for the play-offs. These will be played against the winner of Genk – Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainians won 1-2 Tuesday in Genk.