Footballer Yann Songo’o sent off in disgrace after spitting homophobic slur at rival gamer
Yann Songo’o at a League One match in between Plymouth Argyle and Blackpool in 2018. (Kevin Barnes/CameraSport/Getty).
Morecambe FC need to respond to for its midfielder Yann Songo’o after he was sent off the pitch in disgrace for hurling a homophobic slur at a rival player.
Referee Paul Howard handed Songo’o the red card for his “foul and violent language” in the 45th minute of the League Two game against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday (30 January).
The outburst happened after a nasty that left one of Tranmere’s gamers hurt and needing treatment. As a huddle formed between the 2 groups, Songo’o was shockingly heard calling another gamer a “faggot”.
While it’s not clear who the slur was directed at, one Tranmere gamer can be heard shouting “Woah woah, you heard that” at the referee to notify the match authorities of the slur.
Morecambe FC has not yet talked about the incident. A statement from Tranmere said: “TRFC have a policy of not commenting publicly on specific disciplinary concerns associating with other clubs or their players and for that reason will be not making any statement concerning the other day’s occurrence.
” We restate our company belief that there is no place for homophobia within football.”.
Tranmere’s LGBT+ fans group, Rover and Out, said they wait their club and that they are happy of their players’ action in “immediately recognising this language as undesirable”.
” We wish to thank the referee, Mr Howard, who acted swiftly to get rid of the player from the pitch and will be contacting him to reveal our gratitude for his decisive action,” they continued.
The declaration includes that they will be writing to Morecambe FC to raise their concerns and discover what the club is doing to avoid such behaviour in future.
Yann Songo’o’s language was likewise condemned by football equality group Kick It Out, which has reported a worrying increase in reports of discrimination on the pitch, with homophobic abuse nearly folding the previous year.
Composing on Twitter, the group repeated its support for Rover and Out and the wider battle versus homophobia in football.
” There is no location for homophobic language in football. It is destructive and upsetting. As good example, players in particular need to bear in mind the impact of their words,” it stated.
The video game was a double disaster for Songo’o after his team lost 1-0 to Tranmere thanks to a goal from Kaiyne Woolery in the 74th minute.