Friday, February 15, 2019

Investigation Launched as Photos Emerge of Racist & Homophobic Graffiti Aimed at Kylian Mbappe

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The French Railway company, SNCF, have launched an investigation into the spraying of a racist and homophobic message on one of its trains, seemingly aimed at Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Kylian Mbappe. 

The incident was reported in a twitter post by Yohann Roszewitch, an LGBT activist and the former president of SOS Homophia, and further investigated by Le Parisien.

The distressing graffiti tag effectively translates to “Mbappe: motherf****d n****r”, and in his tweet, Roszewitch went on to explain that it was “tagged today in the RER C, where homophobia, racism and anti-Semitism now appear to be completely uninhibited!”, accompanied with the hashtag ‘EveryoneUnitedAgainstTheHate’.

The vile message concluded with a Celtic cross, a symbol often associated and used by far-right identity groups in France.

Roszeqitch also tagged the organisation DILDCRAH (Interministerial Delegation to the Fight Against Racism, Anti-Semitism and Anti-LGBT Hate), who are now working alongside Le Parisien in order to examine and explore the full extent of the possible consequences for such an action. 

On their part, the SNCF have “strongly condemned” the act, and told the French publication they would be filing a complaint for the subsequent investigation to carry ahead, and the train in question, which has not yet been identified, to be cleaned.

The company also admitted, however, that they couldn’t confirm whether the photo was indeed taken on Tuesday. 

The news comes just as the 20-year-old world champion and inaugural Kopa Trophy winner had departed his native land for England, ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League last 16 clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford. 

Source: SI

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