UEFA charges Porto for fans’ racial abuse in Europa League

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Porto players gather together on the pitch at the end of the Europa League group G soccer match between FC Porto and Young Boys. (Luis Vieira/AP)

NYON, Switzerland — UEFA says Porto has been charged with racist behaviour by fans at a Europa League game.

Abusive shouts were allegedly targeted at Young Boys player Jean-Pierre Nsame, who is black, as he prepared to take a penalty kick in the 15th minute of Thursday’s game.

Nsame, a Cameroon international, scored from the spot in the Swiss team’s 2-1 loss in Portugal.

The incident was highlighted Friday by a television commentator for the French-language Swiss public broadcaster.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the case next Thursday.

The case follows a similar incident in Italy this month when Cagliari fans aimed racial insults at Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku as he took a penalty.

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