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FIFA opens Keshi racism probe

13 September 2013, 11:01

Lagos - The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has given senior national team coach, Stephen Keshi, up to Monday to respond to accusations of racism.

This follows his alleged taunts on Malawi's Belgian technical adviser, Tom Saintfiet, ahead of the recent FIA World Cup qualifier.

The Nigeria Football Federation confirmed that a query had been sent to Keshi on the issues and that it will ensure that the coach responded appropriately to the issue.

The Malawi Federation had reported to FIFA what it called 'racist' remarks by Keshi aimed at Saintfiet.

In a phone interview aired on UK-based African television show, Keshi was quoted to have said, "I think the coach of Malawi is crazy. If he wants to talk to FIFA, he should go back to Belgium. He is not an African person. He is a white dude. He should go back to Belgium."

Reacting to the comment in a formal petition to FIFA, Malawi's football authority said, "We thought it was a personal attack on our coach and we had to defend him regardless of skin. We felt we should help our coach and at the same time put a stop to the racist remarks from Mr Keshi. We have sent evidence of what Keshi said and we hope FIFA will come up with some measures to control Mr Keshi."

Keshi denies the allegations.

Nigeria finished ahead of Malawi for the final phase of the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

– CAJ News


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