Player accused of biting rival's face in 'regrettable' racism row

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Valenciennes keeper Jerome Prior (pictured) points to where he alleged Sochaux’s midfielder Ousseynou Thioune took a bite.
Valenciennes keeper Jerome Prior (pictured) alleged opponent Ousseynou Thioune took a bite at his cheek, which the Sochaux’s midfielder has denied. (Image: Twitter)

A French second division football star has been accused of biting a rival player on the face before claiming he was the victim of alleged racial abuse.

In bizarre scenes, Valenciennes keeper Jerome Prior alleged Sochaux’s midfielder Ousseynou Thioune had taken a bite of his cheek in a post-match scuffle.

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Thioune denied the accusation but also alleged he had been the target of racial taunts from Prior, which sparked the confrontation.

The Senegalese midfielder said after the game, as the players walked off, he complained to Prior about the alleged language about his skin colour.

“On that second occasion, I said to him ‘let’s go outside and we’ll sort this out’. It’s true that I put my head against his cheek and yes, I was angry, I wanted to headbutt him,” Thioune told French newspaper L’Est Republicain.

“But when I thought about it, I withdrew. There was no bite,” he added.

The president of French club Valenciennes also accused Thioune of biting his player.

“It is really regrettable. We musn’t play it down or deny it. I have spoken to Jerome and he has a really big bite on his cheek. He was bleeding,” Eddy Zdziech said to AFP.

“This sort of behaviour is serious and it must be eradicated.”

The French League claimed they would look at the footage.

Both players would face punishments over the alleged incidents if either is found to be true.

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