Czech star Selassie racially abused by Russia fans during Euros

Updated: Jun 10, 2012, 16:50 PM IST

London : Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie is the latest victim of racial abuse by Russian supporters during the Euro 2012 championship.

Officials from campaign group Football Against Racism in Europe claimed Gebre Selassie was subjected to racist insults as he went to take a corner during his side`s 4-1 defeat by Russia in the Polish city of Wroclaw on Friday.

"Our observer reported descriptions of that nature and it was directed at the Czech Republic`s only black player," Piara Powar said.

"We are trying to get evidence, but it`s not always possible to capture it on film," he added.

Powar also confirmed a section of fans displayed a far-right ``Russian Empire`` flag during the game, which was further marred by clashes between Russia fans and stadium officials.

Italy and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has also been subjected to racist abuse, after Italian neo-Nazis attacked his midweek visit to Auschwitz.

The organisation Stormfront, which is linked to the Klu Kux Klan, abused Balotelli by stating "you are black, Jewish and you should play for Israel" on their website.

England manager Roy Hodgson has acknowledged that his team, who play their first game against France tomorrow in Donetsk, could be subjected to racist abuse during the tournament.

Football Association chairman David Bernstein said England would abide by the referee`s decision if there were racist abuse.

ANI