Earlier this weekend, it emerged that Porto are in hot water with UEFA [Fox Sports].
European football’s governing body charged the Portuguese giants with racist behaviour following alleged chanting against Young Boys striker Jean Pierre Nsame.
Specifically, Porto ultras leader, Fernando Madureira is said to have shouted ‘Monkey’ into a loudspeaker, which a section of the home support then repeated.
It’s been suggested that once UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Board meet, they could be handed down a partial or even full stadium ban for the fixture against Rangers next month.
However, the Daily Record now report that last season’s Champions League quarter-finalists will contest the charge, giving a bizarre excuse. They will contest that ‘Monkey’ is, in fact, Madureira’s nickname, and that the chanting had nothing to do with Nsame or any Young Boys player.
Rangers rivals Porto to insist they did nothing wrong
“This is a misunderstanding,” claimed the fan, as quoted by the Daily Record. “Everyone in Portugal knows me as Monkey. It’s my nickname.”
“The fans were shouting at me. Look at my Porto strips, they all have the name Monkey on the back of them. The monkey is me.
“UEFA can accuse me of racism all they like. It’s not true and it’s an embarrassing mistake from them. I’m very calm about it.”
This is a remarkable claim coming from the Portuguese outfit’s camp, and it remains to be seen how it will go down at UEFA.
The Gers will surely hope it falls on deaf ears, as any reduction of the atmosphere at the fortress-like Estadio do Dragao, would be beneficial.
Steven Gerrard’s men kicked off their Europa League Group G campaign with a win on Thursday night, but face tough tests away at Young Boys and Porto over the next two matchdays.
As a result of a second UEFA charge, no Bears will be present in Switzerland, and at present, there’s no guarantee of access to the Dragao, either.