Rwanda probes verbal abuse of trailblazing feminine referee

Rwanda’s soccer federation has launched an investigation after followers hurled insults on the lady who made records as {one of the} first feminine referees chosen for the guys’s World Cup.

Offensive slurs have been repeatedly chanted at Salima Mukansanga by followers from Kiyovu Football Club as she refereed their 0-0 draw in opposition to Gasogi United on Friday night in Nyamata south of Kigali. On Wednesday, the membership vowed to call and disgrace these accountable. “The Kiyovu sports community will not tolerate anyone who disrespects anyone, especially in sports,” the membership stated in a assertion.

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Rwanda’s soccer federation condemned the abuse and introduced late Tuesday it had launched an investigation of its very own. A authorities spokeswoman, Yolande Makolo, praised the federation for taking motion in opposition to “unacceptable behaviour”. “We are with you @RhadiaSalma,” she posted on Twitter on Wednesday.

Mukansanga was amongst three girls within the listing of 36 referees chosen by FIFA for the World Cup in Qatar in late 2022. It was the primary time girls had been referred to as up for the guys’s occasion, even though Mukansanga failed to finally end up officiating a match.

The 34-year-old made records final yr by turning into the primary lady to referee on the Africa Cup of Nations. She additionally officiated on the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

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