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Racist abuse against striker Alexander Isak in Bucharest 2019

Racist abuse against striker Alexander Isak in Bucharest
Racist abuse against striker Alexander Isak in Bucharest

Racist abuse against striker Alexander I.

Sweden’s Euro 2020 qualifying match against Romania was temporarily stopped after striker Alexander Isak was subjected to racist abuse in Bucharest.

Real Sociedad’s Isak, 20, received abuse after emerging as a 78th-minute substitute as visitors Sweden secured their place at Euro 2020 with victory.

The player agreed to continue following a stadium announcement – the first stage of Uefa’s three-step protocol.

“Obviously it hurts, it’s a shame, but we were prepared for it,” said Isak.

“I heard a number of racist shouts from the stands and I asked the referee if he heard what was happening. He hadn’t heard anything.

“A few minutes later he stopped the game and asked. We had a small discussion, the match went on and I am OK with that and I’m happy we won.

“I don’t let things like that affect me in that way. It’s better to ignore it. There will always be idiots around, it’s better not to give them the attention they are looking for.”

Sweden qualify as Group F runners-up behind Spain and will host the Faroe Islands in their final fixture on Monday.

Football: Isak subjected to racist abuse in Romania as
Football: Isak subjected to racist abuse in Romania  
Soccer Football - Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group F - Romania v Sweden - Arena Nationala, Bucharest, Romania - November 15, 2019   Sweden's Alexander Isak celebrates after the match
Soccer Football – Euro 2020 Qualifier – Group F – Romania v Sweden – Arena Nationala, Bucharest, Romania – November 15, 2019 Sweden’s Alexander Isak celebrates after the match

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