Ronaldinho Abuse Reveals Football Racism in Mexico

Former official of the Queretaro state government Carlos Trevino called Ronaldinho an 'ape'. Trevino later apologized to the club and player.

Updated: November 05, 2014 12:32 IST
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File Photo: Ronaldinho joined Queretaro in September

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Mexico City: Mexican football got a boost in September when former Brazil and Barcelona star Ronaldinho - a two-time FIFA player of the year - joined modest local club Queretaro.

The upbeat mood didn't last long. Even before he had played his first match, he was the subject of a racist attack - the kind that has become common for black soccer players across Europe.

Mexico has a history of racism on the pitch. But it was largely overlooked until the arrival of Ronaldinho.

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