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Deportivo La Coruña fined
Fans made racist taunts at Real Madrid's Carlos
Posted: Wednesday March 2, 2005 2:35PM; Updated: Wednesday March 2, 2005 3:47PM
Real's Roberto Carlos has been the target of racist taunts multiple times this season.
MADRID, Spain (AP) -- The Spanish soccer federation fined Deportivo La Coruña on Wednesday for racist taunting during a match on Feb. 26.
Fans made monkey noises at Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos during a Spanish league game, forcing officials to stop play and have stadium personnel confront the spectators.
Deportivo is the fifth Spanish league team reprimanded for racism since December.
Racist taunting also has marred Spain's international games this season. On Tuesday, Spain coach Luis Aragones was fined $3,940 by the federation for a racist comment about Arsenal striker Thierry Henry and an outburst about Britain's colonial past.
"I'm not a racist and I've never lacked sporting decorum. I've got three or four medals for sporting merit ... Maybe I lost control of my tongue," Aragones said in the Madrid newspaper El Pais on Wednesday.
Kick It Out, British soccer's anti-racism campaign, criticized the leniency of the fine.
"We expected very little from the Spanish Football Association and are not surprised by this pitiful fine," Kick It Out spokesman Leon Mann said. "Imagine what would have happened if [England coach] Sven-Goran Eriksson had come out and said the same."
FIFA fined Spain's national federation $87,000 for racist taunting by fans during Spain's 1-0 victory over England on Nov. 17.
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