South Korean footballer striker Suk Hyun-jun, who plays for Troyes, was racially abused during their Ligue 1 game against Marseille. Despite the match being played behind closed doors, Suk was racially abused. Troyes said the abuse was captured by the microphone of the Amazon Prime show of the football match, which was played behind closed doors and ended 1-0 with Marseille.
“Troyes has been informed, after viewing the mages of the game against Olympique de Marseille, of racist remarks aimed at their striker Suk Hyun-Jun. These comments are simply unacceptable and come to ruin a sport, football, which is essentially multicolored and multicultural,” the club said in a statement.
“The club strongly condemns all forms of racism or xenophobia. ESTAC supports all measures taken to address this crisis. The club will support the player in any action it chooses to take.” Ligue 1 has confirmed that the LFP, the governing body of French football, will investigate the matter. In a statement, Marseille said it was joining Troyes in “strongly condemning the remarks” about Suk.
The club said, “Football is a metropolitan area, rich in the diversity of its platforms and all of its players. And together we will continue to fight relentlessly to eradicate this calamity. OM offers its full support (Suk). The presidents of the two clubs exchanged views in a calm atmosphere and the Olympic Club, through its president Pablo Longoria, commits to seeking clarification from the authors and taking necessary measures.”
The match was played without supporters as punishment for crowd problems during the clash between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain in October. The result leaves Marseille in fourth place in Ligue 1, while Troyes is in 17th place after three consecutive defeats in Ligue. Suk, who joined Troyes from Reims last year, has scored 10 goals in 68 appearances in the French league.