The former Harlequins and England rugby international turned pundit UGO MONYE, who lives in Teddington, is furious today after being the victim of a racist insult as he left the Premiership match between Exeter and Gloucester.
Ugo, 40, a former British Lions players, was leaving Exeter’s Sandy Lane stadium yesterday (sunday) afternoon when the incident happened.
“Leaving Sandy Park and one supporter running through crowd starts shouting ‘N*gga, N*gga’… disgraceful,” he wrote in a post on the social media platform.
“Not a single person said a word, challenged or even reported it.”
He added a further tweet saying: “He walks off after a mild scuffle and fans are now telling me ‘We’re with you’ B******** you’re with me. You weren’t with me when you saw and heard the most blatant racism I’ve seen from a supporter at a live game. So fed up.
Ugo, who lives locally, was one of the star guests at a recent SporTedd (www.sportedd.co.uk) fund-raising event before the Rugby World Cup in France.
There was widespread shock and dismay for Ugo amongst the replies to his post as the rugby community has been left shocked by the racial slur.
Exeter issued a statement saying: “This is appalling and we will be launching an immediate investigation. We will not tolerate this behaviour at our Rugby Club and can only apologise to you Ugo, that you experienced it at Sandy Park.”
The Club said it would be undertaking a “full investigation” and the behaviour “will not be tolerated”.
“In light of recent accusations regarding an incident of racist abuse at Sandy Park following the conclusion of our victory over Gloucester Rugby in the Gallagher Premiership, Exeter Rugby Club will be launching a full investigation,” it read.