Lynette Matheka @PeopleSports11
Kenyan striker Michael Olunga was subjected to racism for the first time in Spain following a tweet from Girona FC fan after he was substituted in his team’s 1-0 loss to Sevilla in a La Liga clash yesterday.
The user, identified as Gisza @Gishanness tweeted, “Finally! The monkey is taken off” after Olunga came off in the 70th minute, sparking anger from social media users who called on twitter to disable the user’s account while others demanded that Girona take some disciplinary action against him.
One user Frank Orinde wrote “#SayNoToRacism, football is a beautiful game that unites, football doesn’t discriminate @[email protected] you must bring down this account. This is bad!,” in reference to the tweet.
As if adding insult to injury, Gisza went on to reply some users with more demeaning replies. “The Monkeys are also divided ethnically but are telling me to get sorted up stairs,” he tweeted. “Arguing with a Nigger incredibly lowers a sane person’s IQ.
Preserve thy (sic) intellect,” read some replies. The issue of racism, however, is not new in Spain as African players like Samuel Eto’o have in the past been on the receiving end of such and many will be hoping that the culprit is brought to book.