Ulster secure crucial victory over Racing 92

Tanya Simon
January 16, 2019

Irish worldwide and Racing winger Simon Zebo, the pantomime villain of the piece at the Ravenhill venue, after his now infamous taunting of Ulster full-back Michael Lowry in the reverse fixture in Paris, seemed to suggest post-match that he had been subjected to racial slurs from a section of the home support.

Ulster Rugby have vowed to investigate "any complaints" of racism made against their supporters after Racing 92's Simon Zebo claimed he received comments from the crowd in Saturday's Champions Cup game that were "not on".

The last comment appears to be a reference to Django Unchained - a 2012 Quentin Tarantino film whose protagonist, a former slave in 1850s America, battles against a tyrannical, racist plantation owner.

"If there is anybody out there who knows what happened, and if something happened, we want to know because nobody should have to..."

Ulster released a statement on Sunday and said they would be launching their own probe.

Zebo was substituted at half-time with a bandaged right leg during the European Champions Cup game, which Ulster won 26-22.

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Now McFarland, speaking to the BBC said: "We are aware of Simon's social media postings".

He scored a try during the first half and was audibly booed by the crowd.

"EPCR is in contact with both Ulster Rugby and Racing 92, and will be making no further comment at this point".

Zebo's father, Arthur, was an accomplished worldwide athlete from the French Island of Martinique.

The Lions back pointed his finger at Ulster full-back Michael Lowry before crossing to score Racing's fifth try in that game and was immediately told to apologise to his young opponent by referee Nigel Owens.

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