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Controversy Trails Agbo’s Suspension In Belgium

. Agbo with Standard Liege officials

Controversy is trailing the suspension of Standard Liege and Nigerian midfielder, Uche Henry Agbo over his alleged unruly behaviour  following his dismissal in the Belgian First Division A league game against KV Kortrijk.

The Disputes Committee of the KBVB punished Agbo for his behavior  in Kortrijk (2-1) with a suspension and fine of EUR 400. Agbo, who is currently on loan from Premier League side, Watford does not have to play an extra match, so he is eligible to play against Zulte Waregem (23/01).

By his second yellow card against Kortrijk, as he was automatically suspended for the home match against Eupen (20/01). The Bondsparket had demanded one day of play suspension and a fine of EUR 400 against Agbo, who received his second yellow card immediately.

The defender of Standard made a dangerous tackle, but did not touch his opponent and therefore could not live with the decision of referee Nathan Verboomen.

Immediately Agbo left the field on the sidelines after a heated discussion with the referee, he reacted to provocations from the Kortrijk home supporters by showing his middle finger and throwing a full bottle of water in the stands.

Although in the reports of the Match Delegate and the referee nothing can be found about racist chants, Standard made mention of “anti-Walloon and anti-African” sounds. De Rouches therefore ignored the punishment proposal and asked for the acquittal or punishment with postponement.

“Standard wants to use this case to tackle the theme of racism in Belgian football. The RBFA has devoted a program to the problem, but that is not being put into practice. The KBVB must send out the signal via its disciplinary rooms that racism is not accepted in a football stadium, “said Standard’s lawyer.

“Given the seriousness of the provocations, Agbo can not be prosecuted. The biggest crime was racism, it is important that the KBVB recognizes this, “added legal director of Standard Pierre Locht. “The club has started criminal proceedings against strangers. Perhaps it is expedient to wait for that sentence before the Disputes Committee speaks out about this matter “, he suggested.

“The RBFA is also there to support its players. If players are disciplined for such offenses, the RBFA will de facto close its eyes to racism. That would be the wrong signal “, the Standard Counselors said. “Football has the social power to unite people of different languages ​​and colors. Racism destroys that magic and is a harmful jammer for social cohesion. ”

After this extensive plea Agbo received a reduction in sentences. The Nigerian midfielder was not present himself, he stays with his teammates in Marbella, Spain, where Standard is on a winter break until Wednesday.

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