Hannover condemn fans racial abuse on Balogun, Ujah

German side Hannover have condemned a group of their fans who racially abused Mainz’s Nigerian duo of Leon Balogun and Anthony Ujah during Saturday’s Bundesliga match.

German-born Balogun tweeted that the pair were subjected to racial abuse, including “monkey chants” by Hannover fans while warming up as substitutes.

Mainz confirmed the abuse and have contacted “the relevant authorities”.

Hannover, meanwhile, said “racism has no place in football or society.”

“It was a mindless action of a few individuals that we do not accept as part of our community of Hannover,” Hannover’s statement said, following their 3-2 win over Mainz at the HDI-Arena.

“They have nothing in common with the values for which our club has long stood for. We have already set in motion and will do everything possible to identify those so that such a shameful incident cannot be repeated.

“We are grateful for any hints that help to identify these people. You’re right, Leon: there should not be room for racism in any corner of the world – and that’s our very clear statement!”

Balogun, 29, made five appearances as Nigeria secured a spot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Capped six times by Nigeria, Ujah, 27, only rejoined Mainz for a second spell last month from Chinese club Liaoning.


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