Fulham striker Kamara for torrent of insults, some racist, from own fans for missing spot-kick in Huddersfield six-pointer it was not his job to take
Fulham have pledged to find and punish their fans responsible for aiming “repulsive” and racist social-media abuse at striker Aboubakar Kamara following Saturday’s penalty controversy.
Kamara was involved in a row with Aleksandar Mitrovic late on in the then-goalless six-pointer against fellow strugglers Huddersfield, when he won a late spot-kick and then insisted on taking it — even though strike partner Mitrovic is the club’s regular taker.
Terriers keeper Jonas Lossl saved Kamara’s penalty and the Frenchman was booed by his own fans, before Mitrovic spared his blushes by scoring a stoppage-time winner that leaves Huddersfield four points adrift of second-bottom Fulham.
Manager Claudio Ranieri laid into the 23-year-old, labelling his actions disrespectful to him, his team-mates, the club and fans: “I said to Aboubakar Kamara to leave the ball to Aleksandar Mitrovic… he is the man who shoots the penalties.
“It is unbelievable, he did not respect me, the club, the team and crowd. I spoke with him, it is not right. I want to kill him. That is normal when one man takes a ball, only because he scored the last penalty (against Manchester United). It should be Mitrovic, that is it.”
And despite the fact Fulham did win the game, Kamara was later subjected to a torrent of abuse on social media, apparently from his own club’s supporters — and some of it racist.
This latest incident has come with police and the Cottagers’ west London neighbours Chelsea already investigating possible racist behaviour by Blues fans in the home match against Manchester City at the start of the month.
A Fulham spokesman said: “We are aware that numerous damaging and hurtful comments have been posted on Aboubakar Kamara’s social media account, and as a club that prides itself on our respect and civility, we condemn anyone who may be associated with this repulsive activity.
“This is not representative in the least of genuine Fulham supporters, many of whom have posted messages of support and encouragement to the player. The club will provide all necessary support to Aboubakar and will take the strongest possible action against those identified and responsible for these posts.”
Several Fulham fans backed Kamara.
One branded his abusers: “A disgrace to all Fulham fans.”