Lillian Brassier subject of racist abuse on social media following Kylian Mbappé tackle

TW: Racism, Racist Abuse 

Lillian Brassier (24) has been the subject of racist insults on X (formerly known as Twitter) and Instagram after Stade Brestois’ loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de France. 

The defender was sent off in the second half for a foul on Kylian Mbappé, to which after the match Brassier speaking to France Bleu apologised “I feel guilty. I hope for him that there is nothing serious. It’s part of football. I wanted to intervene directly with the ball, unfortunately, I missed.” 

The reaction on social media was predictably abhorrent and used solely as an excuse to abuse Brassier through racist comments. Replies on both Brassier’s Instagram and X account have been restricted due to the nature and scale of the abuse that Brassier received. 

Brest have released a public statement providing “its full support to its player.” The club further notified that it would be following the advice of the LFP to contact The International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism’s (LICRA) legal services to assess the various possible criminal proceedings that it could advance with. 

A recurring problem in football 

This has not been the first occasion in France this season mired by racist incidents. The earlier abandoned game between Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais saw Nazi salutes and SS-inspired flags in the Lyon away end, while Lille OSC fans were heard racially abusing players in their Coupe de France match against Racing Club de France. 

The FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, has recently proposed the idea that teams will forfeit matches if their fans are racist after Mike Maignan was abused by Udinese fans, and the organisation last year set up an anti-racism task force with Vinicius Junior (23) in an advisory role. However, in 2016 FIFA dismantled their previous task force declaring that it had “completely fulfilled its temporary mission.” 

GFFN | Nick Hartland

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