BOCA JUNIORS star Frank Fabra was reduced to tears after he was racially abused by Estudiantes supporters.
His club have sent a complaint to the Argentine FA following the disgusting scenes during last week’s 0-0 draw.
The game was marred by angry scenes, including the furious Hulk-like reaction of Estudiantes boss and former Arsenal man Nelson Vivas to being sent-off.
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But the racist abuse aimed at the 26-year-old Colombian international has understandably overshadowed all other events.
It got that bad the defender began to cry, with a number of his Boca team-mates – led by captain Fernando Gago – complaining to the referee Silvio Trucco.
The official later told the ex-Real Madrid man that the abuse was isolated and therefore he was unable to abandon the match.
However, on Monday Boca released a statement to confirm they would be lodging a formal complaint.
It read: “Boca Juniors Athletic Club strongly repudiates the verbal aggression and acts of discrimination suffered by player Frank Fabra in the last round of the Primera Division, played last Saturday against Estudiantes, at the Estadio Unico de La Plata.”
“The players of Boca Juniors alerted the referee of the match, Silvio Trucco, at the time of the attacks and even pointed out to him where the xenophobic insults were coming from.
“However, the game continued.
“In the next few hours, the club will file a complaint to the Argentine Football Association (AFA) with the intention that referees have more precise instructions on how to act in these situations that are inadmissible.”
The sad scenes in South America follow on from incidents in Italy over recent weeks.
Pescara’s Sulley Muntari walked-off the pitch following racist abuse from Cagliari fans.
And Juventus star Mehdi Benatia was racially abused live on air as he was being interviewed by Italian television.