A racist incident for the Moroccan national team in Spain
The national team was subjected to a racist incident while it was in Spain, to play a friendly match against the Peruvian national team, on Tuesday, which resulted from the arrest of the Spanish authorities.
A young man working in a hotel in the capital, Madrid, published a picture of the Moroccan national team who stayed in the hotel, and directed racist words to them in a post he posted on his personal Instagram account.
The 27-year-old wrote, according to Reuters: “The Moroccan national team is in the hotel, damn the lowly Moroccans.” And their way of fasting in Ramadan
Thus, the Spanish authorities arrested the young Spaniard, because of his racist publication, which was classified as a hate crime
The authorities said that the young man was working in the “Eurostars” hotel in Madrid, and asked the stars of the Moroccan national team to take pictures with him, before publishing the pictures in racist and offensive terms.
“We would like to extend our sincerest apologies regarding the unfortunate, deplorable and unacceptable comments of a racist and xenophobic nature,” Hotosa, the group that owns the hotel, said in a statement.
The group said the waiter was an outside worker hired occasionally and not a permanent hotel employee.
This is the response of the national coach of the Moroccan national team, Walid Regragui, to the incident, which aroused admiration on social media.
“We do not accept racism, but we want to show that Islam is a religion of tolerance,” Rekragui told reporters.
He added, “We forgive this person in accordance with the requirements of the Islamic religion and the traditions of the Moroccan people.”
He pointed out that the worker “made a mistake” but forgave him, and invited him to visit Morocco “to witness the atmosphere among Muslims during Ramadan