Rider sus­pended over racial abuse

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Team Sky have sus­pended rider Gianni Moscon from rac­ing for six weeks and given the Ital­ian a writ­ten warn­ing af­ter a racist in­ci­dent at last week’s Tour de Ro­mandie, the Bri­tish out­fit said in a state­ment on Mon­day.

Moscon, 23, was al­leged to have used racially abu­sive lan­guage to­ward FDJ’s Kevin Reza at the end of Fri­day’s third stage with the Ital­ian later apol­o­gis­ing to the French­man.

“There was a big fight at the fin­ish and, yes, it hurt Kevin,” Team Sky’s Ni­co­las Por­tal told Cy­clingnews on Satur­day.

“Af­ter the stage Gianni apol­o­gised and we went to see FDJ this morn­ing to make the ef­fort so they know we take it se­ri­ously.

“Kevin ac­cepted and that was nice that the two guys could shake hands and that there was an apol­ogy. There’s no ex­cuse for that but we moved on.”

Team Sky’s state­ment said: “Fol­low­ing a dis­ci­plinary meet­ing with Team Sky con­cern­ing an in­ci­dent at the Tour of Ro­mandie, Gianni Moscon has been given a for­mal writ­ten warn­ing and sus­pended from rac­ing for six weeks. He will also at­tend a di­ver­sity aware­ness course. Reuters

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