Press reports revealed that the French club Brest opened an investigation after its Algerian player, Youssef Belaili, was subjected to racist abuse during the team’s match against Reims, last Sunday in the French League.
The Algerian newspaper “Al-Shorouk” published the statements of Gregory Lorenzi, sports director of the French club Brest, in which he confirmed that Youssef Belaili was subjected to possible racist abuse in the Reims match.
Lorenzi said in his statements, “We cannot confirm that incident, we have to wait to understand the truth of what happened, we will open an investigation in cooperation with the Reims administration and we hope to reach the truth as soon as possible.”
At the same time, Brest coach Michael Der Zakarian confirmed that he had not heard these abuses, and that the player enjoyed the support of his club’s fans.
The French club, Brest, had signed the Algerian international Youssef El-Bilaili, the former Qatar club player, in a free transfer deal during the January transfer window.
The Algerian national team wing had earlier terminated the contract linking him to Qatar FC for mainly financial reasons, and Brest settled matters financially with Blaili, after obtaining financial liquidity as a result of selling the player Roman Pfeiffer to Olympique Lyon, so that Al-Bilaili returned to play in the French League again, as previously Playing with Angers Club, during the period from 2017 to 2018.
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