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Kerala: African footballer alleges racial abuse, mob attack by spectators during game

A footballer from Ivory Coast has alleged that he was assaulted and faced racial slurs by spectators at a football ground in Kerala’s Malappuram district.

Dairrassouba Hassane Junior, in his complaint to Malappuram Superintendent of Police (SP), said he was stoned to the ground and assaulted by a group of fans who racially abused him.

The incident occurred on Sunday, March 10, and videos of the mob action went viral on social media.

In the footage, the player can be seen attempting to flee from the field, being chased and assaulted by spectators in various parts of the ground. Locals argue that the altercation reportedly began when the player allegedly insulted the audience. However, Hassane outrightly denied the allegations.

“Those people who threw stones at me were saying ‘f**k African monkey, black cat…’ My race and I have been insulted. I was attacked because of the color of my skin,” Hassane said in his complaint.

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