Real Zaragoza handed paltry fine for racist abuse15 February 2006

Real Zaragoza have been fined a pathetic 600 euros ($718.7) by the Spanish Football Federation after a section of their fans directed racist insults at Brazilian forward Robert during their league match against Real Betis.

“During the latter stages of the game monkey chants were directed at Betis player Robert whenever he touched the ball,” referee Carlos Velasco Carballo noted in his match report.

Zaragoza were fined a similar amount last season for abuse of Barcelona's Cameroon forward Samuel Eto'o. Brazilian fullback Roberto Carlos was briefly subjected to similar abuse during Zaragoza's 6-1 victory over Real Madrid in the Spanish Cup.

Spain’s Anti-Violence Commission have recommended that a supporter of second division Lleida be fined 6,000 euros for shouting racist abuse at a visiting black player through a megaphone throughout the league match against Ejido at the weekend. The match referee did not note the incidents in his match report.