Chelsea Loanee Victim Of 'Monkey Noises'
Chelsea Loanee Michy Batshuayi Taunts Racist Atalanta Fans
Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi has been in brilliant form since joining Borussia Dortmund, but he has now been an alleged victim of racist chants and taunted opposition fans, who directed monkey noises at him and two of his teammates.
The 24-year-old joined Bundesliga side BVB on loan in the recent transfer merry-go-around that saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang join Arsenal and Olivier Giroud move from the Gunners to the Blues.
With five goals in his first five games, he has outscored both Giroud (one goal in three games) and Aubameyang (one goal in two games), and played an important role in Dortmund’s UEFA Europa League survival.
The Belgium international scored twice in BVB’s 3-2 first leg win over Atalanta, which helped the Bundesliga side progress 4-3 on aggregate after drawing the second leg 1-1 on Thursday night.
However, it wasn't all rosy for Batshuayi in Italy as he and his two of his teammates, Dan-Axel Zagadou and Alexander Isak, were allegedly victims of racist chants by the home crowd.
Batshuayi responded on social media to the alleged monkey noises directed at him, taunting Atalanta fans after BVB knocked the home side out of the Europa League.
Atalanta president Antonio Percassi apologized on behalf of his club’s fans when confronted with the alleged racist behaviour of the home crowd during a live TV interview.
“I’ll be honest, I didn’t hear them. If they did happen, then I am very sad and absolutely apologise to Batshuayi. This should never happen,” Percassi told Sky Italia, as quoted by Football Italia.
It’s not the first time this year that Atalanta fans write the headlines because of their racists fans, after they were fined in January for racists chants against Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.
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