Batshuayi suffers racist chants against Atalanta

Batshuayi suffers racist chants against Atalanta

This is not the first time Atalanta fans have been accused of racial abuse.

Thursday night's game finished 1-1 but Dortmund progressed to the next round 4-3 on aggregate, with Batshuayi scoring twice in the first-leg. The Belgium International will make return to Chelsea at the end of the season, when his loan deal at BVB will expire.

However shortly after the win Batshuayi, on loan from Chelsea, tweeted accusing the Italian fans of racism.

The Belgian ace, now on loan at Dortmund, said on Twitter that he heard "monkey noises" from the stands in Italy.

This is not Atalanta's first offence as they were fined in 2014 for similar racist barbs aimed at AC Milan players, and club president Antonio Percassi apologised when told about the claims after the match. "If it did happen, then I am very sad and absolutely apologise to Batshuayi. This should never happen".

Atalanta were handed a one-game stand closure - suspended for a year - last month after fans made racist chants at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

He scored five goals in his first three appearances for Peter Stoger's side, including a crucial injury-time victor to make it 3-2 against Atalanta in the first leg of the last-32 tie last Thursday.

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