Ulster condemn any abuse thrown at Zebo

Ulster condemn any abuse thrown at Zebo
Racing 92's Simon Zebo scores a try against Ulster in the Heineken Champions Cup at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Pic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland has reiterated the province’s condemnation of any verbal abuse allegedly directed at former Munster and Ireland star Simon Zebo last weekend.

McFarland also urged any supporter who knows what happened to get in touch with the club.

Soon after Racing 92’s defeat at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday, Zebo tweeted of his disappointment at remarks he heard from supporters.

“I hope my ears deceived me with some comments directed my way from the crowd. #NotOn Django wins in the end.”

Last night Racing 92 released a statement condemning the comments.

“Racing 92 strongly condemns the racist insults that Simon Zebo was targetted with on Saturday during the European Cup game between this club and Ulster Rugby at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast,” a statement read.

“Racism has no place in rugby, in which the values of solidarity and togetherness are the exact opposite of any forms of discrimination.

“Racing, however, does not wish to stigmatise Ulster Rugby as a whole.

“The insults suffered by Simon Zebo are the actions of only one or two individuals and have been condemned by many Ulster fans who have shown their support for Simon.”

McFarland wants the matter properly investigated.

“If there is anybody out there who knows what happened, and, if something happened, we want to know because nobody should have to put up with that,” he said yesterday.

“We are aware of Simon’s tweet and the discussion around that.”

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