Portuguese authorities launch investigation into alleged racial abuse suffered by Emmanuel Boateng

Published on: 11 January 2023

The Authority for the Prevention and Combating Violence in Sport (APCVD) is investigating a case of racial harassment against Ghana international football player Emmanuel Boateng.

The incident happened during a league game between Vitória S.C. and Rio Ave in week 15 of the Liga Portugal 22/23 season. Boateng was allegedly subjected to racial slurs from home fans. He reported it to the referee, André Narciso, which caused the game to be briefly halted.

The Portuguese media has reported widely on the incident, and now the anti-discrimination body, APCVD, is formally investigating the case to find out if it is true. They plan to take action against the people responsible if they are found guilty.

''In view of the news widely disseminated in the media regarding insults of a discriminatory nature and acts of racism in the match between Vitória Sport Clube – Rio Ave Futebol Clube, which took place last Saturday, January 7, at the D. Afonso Henriques stadium in Guimarães, counting for the 15th round of the 1st League, since the denunciation of the practice of illegal acts of a national contraordenature is at issue, the Authority for the Prevention and Combating of Violence in Sport (APCVD) has initiated proceedings for the commission of the commission in order to establish any perpetrators of the facts denounced and the responsibilities arising therefrom,'' a statement from the APCVD reads.

It is important to the APCVD to prevent and combat any forms of discrimination in the sport and to make sure that the fair play is maintained during the games.