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Boca player tearfully accuses opponent of racist threat

Last Updated: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 11:30

London: Colombian defender Breyner Bonilla of Boca Juniors wept in front of the cameras on Thursday as he accused an opponent of a racist insult during an Argentine league match.

Bonilla was surrounded by veteran striker Esteban Fuertes and other Colon players during Boca`s 3-0 defeat last week after the Colombian brought down midfielder Facundo Bertoglio with a studs-up tackle that earned him a red card.

Bonilla told television broadcaster TyC Sports that Fuertes had threatened him, saying: "I`m going to break your bones you black shit, go back to Africa."

"One feels impotence when people say you want to hurt an adversary. We`re all South Americans and I came here to work, not to rob someone," added the 23-year-old as he wept.

Fuertes denied he had made a racist remark to Bonilla.

"I`m surprised by all this," he told TyC. "With Bonilla we clashed and exchanged words during the match but at no time did I call him `a black`. (Boca`s Paraguayan defender Claudio) Morel is a witness because he was right beside me," the 37-year-old said.
The Argentine Football Association was unable to provide immediate comment.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 11:30
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