La Liga star Carlos Akapo confronts fan caught making ‘monkey gestures’ at him

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Cadiz star Carlos Akapo stopped to confront a fan who appeared to make racist gestures towards him during a La Liga match against Granada on Monday night.

As he walked around the pitch after being substituted, Akapo noticed the individual appearing to make monkey gestures with his arms.

The 28-year-old defender stopped and said something to the supporter, who appeared to respond by doing the action again.

Another fan sitting in the front row turned around and attempted to stop the person's actions.

Cameras then panned to Akapo continuing his walk back to the dugout and gesturing to another part of the stadium.

The incident was captured on TV and cameras even zoomed in on the man Akapo accused.

Viewers took to Twitter to voice their disgust at what they believed they had just witnessed.

Journalist Sid Lowe wrote: "Carlos Akapo walking off around pitch. Sadly, it looks very, very much like a fan did a monkey gesture at him as he passed. Akapo stopped then walked away. The good ('good') news is the fan in front of him had a word and the TV cameras have absolutely identified him. Clear shot."

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Troy Townsend, Head of Development at Kick It Out, added: "Disgraceful. I hope there is a consequence for that supporter's actions."

Alfonso Espino, one of Akapo's team-mates, tweeted after the match: "@carlosakapo I hug you from a distance."

Spanish journalist Isaac Foulto reported after the match that La Liga are seeking to locate the individual who made the gestures.

Akapo spoke about what happened to GOLTV and El Larguero.

As per AS, he alleged: "There have been three or four a*******. I know it's wrong, but they don't represent the Granada fans at all.

"But above all there has been one who has insisted and has called me a monkey. On the one hand it affects me and on the other we have to give visibility so that people are not in the fields.

"They are people who do not deserve to come to the stadium and who do not represent to the fans of Granada. It doesn't enter my head that people insult and call you black.

"For my part, I treat him calmly, and I try to make people see what idiocy and nonsense they do. I hope they take him away from football.

"Many thanks also to the Granada fans who told him to stop. I will try to forget it. Football is values of respect."

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