Panama's Luis Tejada walks off the pitch after being subjected to racial abuse
Panama's Luis Tejada walks off the pitch after being subjected to racial abuse in a Peruvian league match.
Panamanian forward Luis Tejada has blasted the football authorities in Peru for not taking any measures to stop racism in the country. The forward booted the ball into the crowd and walked away from the field 70 minutes into his side Juan Aurich’s top-flight game at Cienciano on Sunday after he was subjected to abuse.
The 32-year-old felt that such behavior wasn't being dealt with more seriously by officials.
"I couldn't take it anymore and I only walked off after I kicked the ball away in protest and at the impotence I felt when I could see that no one was doing anything," Tejada said.
He was booked for his actions and some of the home players asked the fans for restraint. Tejada didn't return to finish the match, which Cienciano won 2-0. He later wrote on his website that the authorities were doing nothing to eradicate this menace from the game and asked for how long will player have to suffer on the field.
"We're not advancing and it's the same thing over and over. For how long? I leave this in the hands of the authorities so they can do something to end this racism," he added.
This is the second instance in less than a year when the footballer has been abused by fans in a stadium. He was taunted while playing for Deportivo Universidad Cesar Vallejo against Sporting Cristal last October.