MADRID, (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter has condemned the Real Betis fans who apparently directed racist chants at their own player Paulao after he was sent off in Sunday’s 4-0 derby defeat at Sevilla.
A group of Betis fans were briefly shown on Spanish television making what appeared to be monkey chants at Paulao after he was dismissed shortly before halftime at the Sanchez Pizjuan. The incident was not mentioned in the referee’s match report.
“Sickened to learn of ‘fans’ racially abusing a Real Betis player,” Blatter wrote on his Twitter feed on Tuesday.
“I condemn their actions, which were seen on TV/online by millions,” the Swiss added.