Soccer federation to investigate racist abuse in Spain
File photo: Queens Park Rangers' Jordan Cousins, right, fights for the ball with Watford's Troy Deeney during the English FA Cup 5th round soccer match between Queens Park Rangers and Watford at Loftus Road stadium in London, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, August 15, 2019 2:04PM EDT
MADRID -- Soccer officials in Spain say they will investigate the alleged racist abuse that led an English team to abandon a game in protest.
The Andalusian soccer federation said Thursday it will look into what happened in the Under-18 friendly game last week between Queens Park Rangers and Spanish club Nervion in Seville.
QPR CEO Lee Hoos said Wednesday the team was "forced to abandon" the match because of "abuse from opposition players."
The Andalusian federation says it will open the investigation even though it was not involved in the organization of the game. It says it does not tolerate racist abuse and praised QPR players for abandoning the match if they were subject to abuse.
The Spanish soccer federation and Nervion did not immediately respond to a request for comment.