Once Caldas demands Rionegro's Alvarez be punished for alleged racist taunts
- 17:20 - 12/09/2018
Bogota, Sep 12 (EFE).- Once Caldas has asked the Disciplinary Committee of the Colombian Soccer Federation (FCF) to penalize Uruguayan goalkeeper Lucero Alvarez, who plays for the Rionegro Aguilas, for allegedly making racist statements to Johan Carbonero during a match played earlier this week.
"This organization regrets and disapproves of the humiliating comments that Mr. Alvarez made to our youth player, Johan Carbonero, about the color of his skin," the club said in a letter to the FCF.
Once Caldas management said Alvarez's alleged actions "contradict the principles" of FIFA and constitute a violation of the FCF's code of conduct.
The club also rejected the insults Alvarez allegedly hurled at coach Huberth Bodhert after he confronted him over his racist comments after the match.
The incident happened on Monday during the match that closed the ninth round of play in the Colombian league's Clausura tournament.
The Aguilas beat Once Caldas 1-0 at Alberto Grisales Stadium in Rionegro, a town in the northwestern province of Antioquia.
Alvarez, for his part, said in a video released by the Aguilas that Bodhert insulted him when he was on his way to the locker room, making "xenophobic" remarks.
The goalkeeper said he was "already fired up at the time" and responded.
"The referee penalized me correctly and I went to talk to him, but I never said anything racist, not a single word," Alvarez said.