Diouf suffers racist abuse at Old Firm game
A Celtic supporter is alleged to have made monkey gestures towards Rangers’ El Hadji Diouf during last week’s Old Firm game.
According to the News of the World, the fan ran down the stairway from his seat in the Jock Stein Stand to gesticulate towards Diouf as he prepared to take a corner kick. The fan was reported to have made jungle noises, while making monkey gestures.
A Celtic fan who witnessed the alleged incident explained: “I heard him make the ‘oooohhhh, oooohhh, oooohh’ monkey sound and saw him arc his arms like a monkey. We were all booing Diouf, but nobody could believe this guy. He was shouted at to get lost and ran back to the top of the stand. We were disgusted.”
Another fan said: “The guy wasn’t sitting in the front row but ran down and started acting like a monkey. He only did it for a few seconds, but that was enough. It was shocking.
“Diouf is not exactly a favourite at Parkhead, but nobody deserves that. Despite there being hundreds of police on duty, they appeared not to notice this.”
According to the paper, officials at the Parkhead club have contacted fans sitting within the vicinity, as well as supporters’ clubs, to try to name the fan in question.
Ged Grebby of the anti-racism charity Show Racism The Red Card said: “We are calling for a ban of between three and five years. Nobody should have to see this. It is abhorrently racist.”
A Strathclyde Police police spokesperson said: “Inappropriate behaviour of a racist, sectarian or any other nature will not be tolerated.”
While Celtic stated: “The club will take the strongest appropriate action.”