On Sunday, São João da Madeira club issued a statement accusing Nelson of being a racist. The incident took place in the match between Sanguensee and S. Joao Veer. According to the statement, at the end of the match to reach League 3, the referee was approached by South African player George Mattel, after he replied that he did not know. Speak English, followed by: “Go inside, little monkey from C …”.
Paulo Soares was a representative in the Sanguense match and confirms the facts in the club’s statement. Soares told O Jojo newspaper: “At the end of the match I got to the dressing room and saw our player, George, and he clearly changed. English. ” Go inside, little monkey from c … ”
George Matlou is 22 years old and he is from South Africa. He’s been in Portugal – and Sanjoanense – since 2019 and understands Portuguese. Mattel was sent off during the match against S. João de Ver and waited for the end of the match to ask the referee for clarifications. According to the statement, Nelson insulted him as being at that moment.
To “Jornal de Notícias”, the president of the Arbitration Board of Viana do Castelo, Fernando Costa Lima, said that the referee denied uttering these words. Nélson Cunha accuses player of inventing the story and has an eyewitness, the leader of the GNR.
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