Real Madrid striker Raphael Varane suspended by France over racist tweet

Real Madrid forward Raphael Varan is being banned from travelling to France for a week and fined €50,000 for racist tweets he made in the aftermath of the France national team’s defeat by Croatia.

A spokesperson for the Football Association confirmed the ban but would not elaborate.

Varane has since deleted his tweets, but was not available for comment on the suspension on Tuesday.

His actions were in breach of the law, the spokesperson added.

“He was acting in a discriminatory way.

We will take the appropriate action.”

According to the French sports daily L’Equipe, Varane made the comments on Twitter in response to the game being played in front of his home crowd in Nice.

“Nice is a nice city, the football is great,” he tweeted.

“But you can’t be the only racist in the world.”

He later tweeted: “This match will be cancelled.

France, don’t let your white fans ruin it.”

The French media said he used the hashtag #FranceRape, which was trending on Twitter.

In the wake of the incident, Varan has been placed under suspension.

He will miss Real Madrid’s upcoming Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

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