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Spanish league player suspended after confronting racist abuser

MADRID -Rayo Majadahonda's Senegalese goalkeeper Cheikh Kane Sarr has been handed a two-game ban for confronting a rival fan who he said was racially abusing him in a Spanish third-division game, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said on Wednesday.

In addition, his team were declared to have lost last Saturday's match against Sestao River 3-0, deducted three points in the league table and fined 3006 euros ($3,254.00) for refusing to continue the game following the incident.

The RFEF's Competition Committee also ordered Sestao River to play two home games behind closed doors and fined them 6,001 euros for "failing to act diligently or cooperate in the repression of violent, racist, xenophobic or intolerant behaviour."

The dual punishments will further fuel the debate swirling around racism in Spanish football and came on the same day that Getafe were ordered to partially close their central stand for three matches following the racist and xenophobic abuse suffered by Sevilla manager Quique Sanchez Flores and player Marcos Acuna in Saturday's LaLiga game.

Sarr was shown a red card in the 84th minute of his match after jumping into the stands to confront fans who he accused of calling him "monkey".

The 23-year-old was restrained by other players but his team mates refused to continue the game, causing it to be abandoned.

The RFEF judged that Sarr's reaction was "contrary to good sporting order" but declared his conduct was a minor offence due to "mitigating circumstances", as it was "justified sufficient provocation, motivated by the racist insults received."

The Sestao supporter who was confronted by Sarr pressed charges against the goalkeeper for assault and the Basque club denied there had been any racist insults, their

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