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Bayern Munich denounces racial abuse targeting Kingsley Coman after France’s World Cup final defeat




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Bayern Munich denounced racial abuse directed at French player Kingsley Coman after the France match World Finals failed on Sunday.

The defending Bundesliga champions said Coman, who was saved from a penalty by Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez in the match’s penalty shootout, was subjected to online racism. Argentina won 4-2 on penalties after the match ended 3-3 after extra time.

Coman has been with Bayern since 2015.

“FC Bayern strongly condemns racist comments towards Kingsley Coman,” the club tweeted on Monday. “The FC Bayern family is always behind you, King. Racism has no place in our sport or our society.”

Coman’s last Instagram post, which came after last week’s World Cup semi-final, showed many supportive comments for the striker and used the hashtag # “#StopRacism.”

When asked about abuse towards Coman and other players on the platform, a spokesperson for Instagram’s parent company Meta said the company has been in contact with undisclosed players and teams.

Coman saved the penalty in the penalty shootout at the end of the World Cup final.

A spokesperson said: “We have removed these disgusting comments for violating our rules.

“From the outset, we wanted to protect people from this abuse, which is why we developed features like Hidden Words, which filter out offensive comments and direct messages, and Limited, helps hide comments and direct messages from people who don’t follow you or only recently followed you.

“We’ve been in touch with players and their teams throughout the years to provide support and help them use these tools,” a spokesperson said.

Coman scored the winning goal in the match Champions League Final 2020 when Bayern beat PSG 1-0 in Lisbon.

Last year after England’s final penalty shootout defeat at Euro 2020 to Italy last year, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka suffered racist abuse after missing punishment.

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