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20th Dec 2021

Vincent Kompany speaks out after being racially abused by Club Brugge fans

‘I’m having a hard time with it. I will go home dismayed and disappointed.’

Anderlecht manager Vincent Kompany said he was ‘disgusted’ by the racist abuse aimed at him from Club Brugge supporters in Sunday’s 2-2 draw.

The former Manchester City captain revealed that some of his players and staff were also racially abused during the game.

The 35-year-old – who was visibly upset after the match – insisted that he was going to ‘get together with his staff and the people who matter to him’ following the incident.

“I leave this match disgusted. My staff and I were insulted during the whole game. Racist insults that were aimed at the players too,” Kompany told broadcaster Eleven.

“The day ends badly. I’m going to get together with my staff and the people who matter to me. We should not still have to go through this.”

He added: “I’m having a hard time with it. I will go home dismayed and disappointed.

“We are here with a lot of people who have given a lot from this country and who just come to play football.”

Following the game, Club Brugge ‘condemned’ the behaviour of the individuals.

“These individuals are not representative of the values and norms of our club and have no place in Jan Breydel Stadium,” the club tweeted.

Belgium international Romelu Lukaku called for a response from the football authorities.

“An icon like Vincent Kompany has been insulted because of his skin colour… Enough is enough… take real action now,” the Chelsea striker wrote on Instagram.

Anderlecht defender Wesley Hoedt also said the abuse was ‘not part of football’.

He stated: “Things like this don’t belong here. Of course, we can’t change that much, but it has to come from the Pro League and the people themselves.”

Anderlecht currently find themselves in fourth position in the Belgian First Division, 11 points behind league-leaders Union Saint-Gilloise.

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