The International Cycling Union (UCI) on Wednesday supported French rider Nacer Bouhanni, who announced earlier this week that he was harassed by racist messages and insults on social networks. The body condemned “very strongly the racist attacks” suffered by the former champion of France, following his downgrading for a dangerous sprint on March 28 in Cholet-Pays de la Loire.
“Nothing justifies the insults”, she added about Bouhanni, “whatever the seriousness of the fault committed by the French rider”. The UCI also recalled having seized its disciplinary commission and requested sanctions against the sprinter of the Arkea-Samsic team.
The victim of Bouhanni gives him his support
“It’s been eight days that I have received hundreds of messages, it turns to harassment,” said Bouhanni, who announced Monday his intention to file a complaint. The Briton Jake Stewart, pressed against the barriers by the French at the arrival of Cholet, was also indignant.
“We will all agree or not on certain things but one thing should not be called into question: it is racism”, reacted the British rider of the Groupama-FDJ team. “The comments and racism against Nacer this past week are absolutely deplorable. There is no place for racism in this world. To the so-called cycling ‘fans’ making these comments, you are not welcome here, ”Stewart added on his Twitter account.