Malaga president alleges racism in Dortmund loss

Tom Webber
Malaga president alleges racism in Dortmund loss

Malaga owner Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani has alleged that his side's elimination from the Champions League is down to racism.

In the wake of los Boquerones' 3-2 defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund, in which a controversial late goal denied them a spot in the semifinal of Europe's premier club competition, the outspoken Qatari declared he wants the closing stages of the game looked into due to apparent ill-treatment of his club.

"This is not football but racism clear of all," Al-Thani posted on his official Twitter account. "I hope to open a thorough UEFA investigation regarding the Spanish club [which went] out this way, which does not affect the spirit of sport.

"Thank you very much [to] the team, you have been champions on the pitch. I'm sorry to go out this way [with] injustice and racism."

Al-Thani previously found himself mired in controversy following his comments about the Spanish media's role in the distribution of revenue from La Liga television rights, and his most recent claims will likely cast the spotlight on him again.

Malaga, which is banned from entering the Champions League next season due to a breach of Financial Fair Play regulations, was on the brink of progression to the last four for the first time in its history until the late turnaround.