Victim of racist insults on social networks, Nacer Bouhanni has announced his intention to take legal action.
Nacer Bouhanni has decided to react publicly. Following racist insults against him on social networks, following his downgrading for the sprint of the Cholet-Pays de Loire race, on March 21, the former French champion announced that he wanted to file a complaint. “Hello to all the little jokers who have been having fun for a week writing to me personally or commenting on certain cycling sites that I should return to Africa, that I am a criminal, that I am a North African who needs being interned and who constantly send me (pig’s heads)! ”said the 30-something on his Instagram account.
“Know that I was born in France and that I will file a complaint because it has been a long time since I endure it and keep silent but, this time, I will not let go,” said Bouhanni, who has Algerian ancestry. To back up his point, the sprinter from the Arkea-Samsic team provided an accompaniment to several messages received, in different languages.
He remains under threat of UCI sanctions
Declassified from Cholet-Pays de Loire for having crushed against the barriers the Briton Jake Stewart, who had his right hand fractured in the accident, the last winner of the Coupe de France faces a sanction from the International Cycling Union (UCI) which seized its disciplinary commission and “strongly condemned the dangerous driving” of Bouhanni.
The day after the race, the Vosges had apologized. “My mistake was to change course to take his wheel. I don’t see Jake Stewart at this time. When we come into contact with each other, I find myself unbalanced and catch up with myself as best I can so as not to fall, ”Bouhanni explained, stressing:“ In any case, it was not intentional. ”