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Probe demanded over Koke's alleged "faggot" slur at Cristiano

An LGBT rights group has called on the LFP to investigate allegations the Atlético Madrid man aimed homophobic abuse at Cristiano Ronaldo.

Probe demanded over Koke's alleged "faggot" slur at Cristiano
Chema Moya EFE

A human rights association in Spain has urged the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) to probe alleged homophobic abuse directed at Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo by an opposing player.

Report says Cristiano called a "faggot" by Atlético player

According to a report by the Spanish radio station Cadena Cope, Cristiano was called a "faggot" by midfielder Koke during Real's LaLiga match at Atlético Madrid on Saturday, which Los Blancos won 3-0 thanks to a hat-trick by the Portugal captain.

And on Monday, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights group Arcópoli announced that it has written to the LFP, the governing body for professional league football in Spain, calling on it to investigate the claims.

Association calls for punishment if incident confirmed 

The organisation slammed the "sense of impunity surrounding homophobia in Spanish football" and expressed its support for Cristiano in the face of the "homophobic insults that the footballer has been suffering for years". 

It has asked the LFP to send its findings to Spain's anti-violence commission, and has demanded Koke be punished if the allegations are confirmed.