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Updated: Birkirkara ask MFA to open investigation over Mbong’s alleged racial abuse

Birkirkara forward Paul Mbong. Photo: Dominic Borg

Senglea FC deny the allegations

Birkirkara have formally written to the Malta FA asking for an investigation on the incident that happened towards the end of their Premier League match against Senglea Athletic where their player Paul Mbong has alleged that has suffered racial abuse.

On Sunday night, Mbong accused a Senglea player of passing racist remarks against him during Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Cottonera outfit at the National Stadium.

The incident happened on 85 minutes when Mbong tackled from behind Andre Scicluna and both players were booked by referee Fyodor Zammit after confronting each other. As a result, Scicluna was shown the red card and it was his second booking of the match.

Seconds later, Mbong was again yellow carded by the referee for passing remarks towards the Senglea defender as he was leaving the pitch.

In a statement, Birkirkara said that they condemn every form of racism and expected the Malta FA to launch a probe on the incident.

“Following on from yesterday’s match, by means of this communication, the club would like to first and foremost condemn all forms of racism and would like to place on record their total support to player Paul Mbong following an unfortunate and unacceptable incident that occurred during yesterday’s Premier League match vs Senglea Athletic.

“The club has written to the Malta Football Federation and has asked for a thorough investigation to be conducted.

“We trust that the case shall be treated with the respect and urgency that it deserves.”

On Sunday, Mbong posted on his facebook page, and said that he was sorry for leaving his team with ten men but lashed out at an unnamed Senglea player, accusing him of racially abusing him.

“First of all I would like to say sorry to my team-mates. But today I got punished because I was defending my own colours,” Mbong wrote.

“The person who said this stupid stuff you know who you are, and you should be ashamed of yourself. It’s 2020 and we are still listening to this s***.

“I’m a black man and proud. I know I would have reacted a different way but, in the moment, when you hear these words coming out of a person’s mouth it’s not nice.

“But I’m sure I will mature from these kind of situations.”

Senglea Athletic issued a statement to deny the claims made by the Birkirkara player.

“Senglea Athletic FC denies all accusations being made in the media that our player passed any racial comments towards Paul Mbong, of Birkirkara FC, during the match played on December 6, 2020.

“The player has confirmed to the committee that he didn’t pass any racial comment and is ready to confirm it through an affidavit.

“These are unfounded accusations that were substantiated by the match report published by the referee after the match.”

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