Levante stands by Lerma after alleged racist insult by Aspas

Madid, Jan 14 (IANS) Spanish football club Levante on Sunday said it supported its Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lerma, who alleged that he was called a racist insult by Celta Vigo’s Spanish striker Iago Aspas during a La Liga match.

After a 0-1 home defeat against Celta, Lerma stated in a post-match interview that Aspas had hurled a racist insult at him during the game, reports Efe.

“Following the statements by @jeffersonlerma after the #LevanteCelta match, Levante wants to show its firm support for the player and its rejection of any signs of racism in soccer,” the club tweeted.

In the interview, Lerma claimed he had reported the racial slur to the match official, who did not take any action, adding that measures were being sought in response to the incident.

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