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Football: Barry keeper Baruwa upset by taunts.

FORMER Nigeria international Abi Baruwa spoke of his upset at the racist abuse aimed at him during Barry Town's Welsh Premier match against Bangor.

Baruwa, 33, whose club football has included spells in France and Switzerland, said he had not experienced anything similar in the past.

``What this one particular guy said to me was very upsetting,'' said Baruwa, who joined John Fashanu's Barry Town revolution last month.

``At the beginning of the second half he came onto the pitch and started saying things to try to wind me up.

``He was saying stuff about my family background and Africa as if he was trying to distract me from the game.

``I don't want to go into exactly what he said, but it was racist. I've played in France and Switzerland, but I've never experienced anything like that before.''

Baruwa, who represented Nigeria at the 1996 Olympics and the 1998 World Cup in France, said the taunts would not deter him from playing on.

``The incident was upsetting, but it's not going to stop me playing for Barry,'' he said. ``The guys who shouted abuse are just hooligans.''
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUFR
Date:Feb 26, 2003
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