Simon Zenke makes serious allegations
Tuesday Jan 31, 2017. 10:00
Ex-Nigeria youth international Simon Zenke has alleged that the straight red card he got over the weekend while in action for Belgian club Tubize against Antwerp was only a confirmation of the discrimination against his team.
Tubize lost 4-2 at home to Antwerp in a Belgian second division clash on Sunday.
Furious former Strasbourg hitman Zenke said he did nothing to warrant a foul or caution, not to talk of being sent off, but rather it was pure hatred against his team which has been their bane because they speak a different language.
"Antwerp were on the attack from my wing, the right back overlapped but I anticipated his run, a pass was sent to him, but I was already in front of him with my hands wide open, the next thing the guy held his face and started screaming that I have elbowed him and the referee who was a bit far came and gave me a straight red card, everybody was in total shock even the opposing players. The assistant referee was just next to the action but he didn't say anything, " Zenke recalled.
"When watched the replay after the game, it was clear that there was no foul talk more of a red card."
He said he was shattered to be so treated in such an important game.
"At this point we were 2-1 down, our guys still got an equalizer, then he now gave them a penalty and a red card against us at this point you could understand their plans,” he continued.
"I am very sad and angry; I couldn't sleep throughout the night I was just playing the action over and over in my head, it's painful and that's we have been facing the whole season.
"They are biased and discriminate against us as we are the only French-speaking team in the league, the others are Flemish and there is a campaign against us no to go far.
“With due respect to my African families, I thought stuff like this happens only in Africa but it happens here too, unfortunately."
By Olusola Alao