Espanyol suspend fans over racial abuse

January 10, 2006

MADRID, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Espanyol have suspended two fans who abused Cameroon goalkeeper Carlos Kameni during Saturday's league game against Barcelona and are attempting to identify two more who were involved in an attack on two Japanese spectators.

The club said on their website that they would decide whether or not to expel the fans permanently at a board meeting later this week.

'Espanyol has always stood against violence and xenophobic behaviour and for some time has rejected any attitude that is contrary to sporting behaviour and respect towards others,' the club said in a statement.

Kameni has been a regular victim of racial abuse from a section of the club's radical fans as well as opposing supporters at other grounds in Spain.

Last month he said the abuse had affected his performances for the club. Kameni is part of the Cameroon squad for this month's African Nations Cup in Egypt.