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Sevilla flay abuse after Acuna called monkey in Getafe match


BARCELONA: Sevilla condemned “racist and xenophobic abuse” aimed at defender Marcos Acuna and the club’s coaching staff during their 1-0 win at Getafe on Saturday.

Referee Javier Iglesias Villanueva wrote in his report fans yelled “Acuna monkey” and “Acuna, you come from monkeys” at the Argentina internatio­nal, leading him to briefly pause the match.

“We condemn the racist and xenophobic abuse suffered by Marcos Acuna and our coaching staff during Getafe v Sevilla,” wrote Sevilla on social media plaform X.

On Tuesday Spain drew 3-3 with Brazil in a friendly arranged to combat racism, following multiple incidents of abuse aimed at Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid coach Carlo Anceloti confirmed Saturday defender Eder Militao is fit ater injury and will be in the squad to face

Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

The Brazilian centre-back has been out for over seven months, ater suffering a long-term cruciate ligament injury against Athletic in the first match of the season.

Militao will likely be on the bench at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday when the league leaders face Ernesto Valverde’s high-flying side.

“Militao returns tomorrow, which is the most important news,” Anceloti told a news conference.

“He’s available, he’s trained well, obviously he’s not 100 percent because he hasn’t played football, but he’s recovered very well from the injury.

“He was injured in the first game against Athletic and he’s back for the return, it’s very good news for us.”

Militao, 26, will be an option for Anceloti when Manchester City visit on April 9 in the Champions League quarter-final first leg, barring any setbacks.

With defender David Alaba sidelined too, Madrid have got through the last few months with only two available natural centre-backs -- Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger.

“What has happened to us is a bit strange,” said Anceloti.

“I think we’ve shouldered it well, Rudiger is having a fantastic season, Nacho has brought a lot to the defence, although he’s made some mistakes.”

Despite Madrid’s defensive injury woes they have the best defence in Spain, conceding just 20 goals in 29 matches, six fewer than visitors Athletic who boast the second best record.

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Marcos Acuna became the latest victim of racism in football.
File ↑ Marcos Acuna became the latest victim of racism in football.

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