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“It is difficult to overlook” – Agbo defends action after racist abuse

Super Eagles defender Uche Agbo has justified his reaction to the racial insults hurled on him by the Kortrijk fans after he was sent off in Wednesday’s Belgian Pro League encounter.

Agbo was shown a second yellow card and subsequently given the marching order in the 44th minute of Standard Liege’s away loss to Kortijk.

The midfielder initially declined to leave the pitch when the referee shown him the red card and this prompted the home fans to racially abuse him.

The 22-year-old was afterwards encouraged to exit by his teammates but he yielded only after making ugly gestures to the Kortijk fans, who reacted by bombarding him with beer cups and other objects.

The Watford loanee spoke to BBC Sport on why he found it difficult to keep his cool during the incidence.

“I understand that I showed my emotions but racism of any form is completely unacceptable,” said Agbo.

“No matter how hard you try, it is difficult to overlook it and accept such a bad treatment during a football match.

“My club is handling the situation now and I thank our officials, my teammates and the fans for their incredible support so far.”

Agbo will now miss the Reds clash against Eupen in the Belgian League on January 20.


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