Monaco: Simone controversy
Racial slur threatens AS Monaco
AS Monaco's ex-AC Milan player-turned-coach, Marco Simone, could face six months in prison following accusations of racial abuse.
The Public Prosecution Office has announced it will be looking into the incident which took place in August 2011 at Charles de Gaulles airport. The abuse, which was allegedly confirmed by a number of eye witnesses, involved an attendant who was helping a woman in a wheelchair and asked Simone to “keep an eye on his child”. He claims he was met with a stream of racial abuse in both French and Italian.
Simone is yet to publicly respond to the accusations. If found guilty, he could face up to six months in prison along with a hefty 22,500 euro fine.
On the pitch, hopes that AS Monaco had shaken off their losing streak were dashed when they lost 4-3 to Angers SCO at the beginning of January.