Rabat - Barcelona’s fans directed homophobic and racist statements toward Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo during the El Clasico game with Barcelona.
Rabat – Barcelona’s fans directed homophobic and racist statements toward Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo during the El Clasico game with Barcelona.
In a video posted on YouTube, the crowd were heard chanting “Vete a Marruecos,” or “Go to Morocco,” in reference to the player’s regular visits to Morocco.
The Portuguese superstar was subjected to insults and offensive gestures throughout the game by Barcelona’s fans.
Some Barcelona fans were even caught on video giving the finger to Ronaldo while he performed his famous jump after he scored the goal which won the game in favor of Real Madrid.
Spanish media reported that the Barcelona crowd had singled out the Portuguese player with abusive homophobic slurs throughout the game, chanting at Ronaldo the word “maricion,” a derogatory term used to describe a gay man.
In response to these “homophobic” abuses, the Spanish Observatory, a gay rights group, has filed a complaint with the State Commission against violence in sport in Spain.
Director Francisco Ramirez hopes that the vile chants will be punished via legal action, and stressed that the homophobic abuse was unacceptable regardless of Ronaldo’s sexual orientation.
Amid speculation about Ronaldo’s alleged homosexual relationship with Moroccan kickboxer Badr Hari, the president of King Mohammed VI’s Fans Association Mehdi Benkirane revealed the purpose behind Ronaldo’s frequent trips to Morocco.
According to the same source, Ronaldo is said to be planning to build a first-class African hotel for international celebrities in Marrakech.
“After a thorough investigation, as an expert and a manager of several national and international celebrities, I concluded that Ronaldo comes to Morocco neither to visit Badr Hari nor any other prominent celebrity — He comes for the sake of his investments in the kingdom,” Benkirane said.