Referee Alfonso Perez Burrull became the first match official in Spain to halt a match because of racist abuse when he asked supporters to stop making monkey chants during Malaga’s game with Espanyol.
Burrull told club officials to make an announcement on the public address system requesting fanscease their abuse of Espanyol’s Cameroon keeper Carlos Kameni.
“The first time the Espanyol goalkeeper intervened you could hear monkey noises coming from behind the goal so I asked for the game to be stopped to ask the Malaga delegate to make an announcement on the loudspeakers,” Burrull said in his match report published Tuesday.
“I asked them to repeat the announcement at half-time in order to remind spectators to refrain from racist behavior.”
Perez Burrull has reported similar incidents in the Madrid derby between Atletico and Real and the league match between Albacete and Barcelona.
Spain’s sports minister Jaime Lissavetsky is scheduled to meet with the presidents of the RFEF, the Professional Football League (LFP) and the Players’ Association (AFE) Tuesday to discuss the introduction of tougher measures to counter the problem of racism at football matches.