The Malta Independent 16 July 2020, Thursday

San Gwann FC nursery official dismissed over racial insults aimed at Malta goalkeeper

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 18:49 Last update: about 28 days ago
Rashed Al-tumi
Rashed Al-tumi

The Youth Football Association has said that a San Gwann FC's nursery official who flung racial insults at Malta goalkeeper Rashed Al-tumi has been dismissed.

Al-tumi.had condemned the killing of George Floyd in the United States of America, after which the official in question, among other things, said "They're not well mannered. Wake up you Americans so you take your country back. America of red Indians. The place for black people is in Africa and nowhere else. They're not people."

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Floyd's killing, for which a white police officer stands charged, has reignited that Black Lives Matter movement in America and across the globe, with many entities in Malta even expressing their solidarity for the movement and against racism yesterday, as part of a campaign called #BlackoutTuesday

Al-tumi, who is 19 years old and was born and raised in Malta, joined hundreds of others in their condemnation of the murder, only to be met by a comment from a person who forms part of the San Gwann FC nursery - the nursery being the section of the football club which caters for children of various ages.

The Youth Football Association (YFA) said it wants to manifest its solidarity with Maltese goalkeeper Rashed Al-Tumi,

"The YFA does not condone any misconduct and has always acted on any reported wrong doing, including racially-motivated incidents. The YFA Secretary General can confirm the nursery official in question has now been dismissed, and further action by the YFA is not excluded. The YFA is adamant that racism has no place in football."

The Malta Football Association had also expressed solidarity with Al-tumi.

 

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