Lewis Hamilton racially abused by Spanish F1 fans againOctober 31st, 2008 - 12:37 pm ICT by ANI
London, October 31 (ANI): Ace car racer Lewis Hamilton has once again been racially abused by Spanish Formula One fans, ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Over 16,000 racist messages have been posted on a Spanish website, which use terms like nigger and half-breed to denote the British racing driver.
The website allegedly encourages visitors to leave imaginary nails for Hamilton on a computer mock-up of the Interlagos racetrack.
Spanish fans of Hamilton’’s rival, Fernando Alonso, are believed to be behind the outrage.
“Half-breed, kill yourself in your car, (and) I hope you run over your dad in the first pit stop, Hamilton,” the Telegraph quoted one message on the site as reading.
The FIA, Formula One’’s ruling body, has condemned the racial attack on Hamilton.
“Discrimination and prejudice have no place in sport and society. Everybody in our sport will join us in condemning these abusive, hateful comments,” an FIA spokesman said.
A spokesman for Hamilton’’s team, McLaren, said: “McLaren was one of the earliest supporters of the FIA’’s ”Every Race” campaign. We echo the position of the FIA in response to this latest episode.”
Earlier, the FIA had launched an anti-racism campaign after some F1 fans booed and racially abused Hamilton as he tested a new car in Barcelona in February. (ANI)
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