Monday February 5 2018
Espanyol's Garcia denies racism

Espanyol forward Sergio Garcia has rejected suggestions he made racist comments towards Samuel Umtiti in Sunday’s Catalan derby.

Allegations against Garcia suggested he racially abused the Cameroonian-born defender during a typically-heated derby match at the RCDE Stadium.

“Yesterday I spoke with Samuel but in no instance, was my spirit racist,” Garcia wrote on his Instagram account.

“You all know that my wife is of gypsy ethnicity and that I grew up in a neighbourhood with all the races of the world.

“I share a strong friendship with my brother-in-law, who is also an African-American.

“In many of these matches they are heated and what is said on the pitch must stay on the pitch.

“Força Espanyol!”

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