Top female referee Salima Mukansanga called 'prostitute' at men's football match

for Tv47 Digital January 25, 2023, 05:30 AM
Salima Mukansanga insulted prostitute
Salima Mukansanga was insulted during a match between Kiyovu Sport and Gasogi United in Rwanda last Saturday. PHOTO/REUTERS

In Summary

  • Hemedi Minani, Kiyovu Sport fans President condemned the "harassment and insults" against Mukansanga and apologised. 
  • In 2022, Mukasanga was part of the first team of three female referees to ever officiate a male’s world cup: the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup. 

Rwandan professional referee Salima Mukansanga, one of the first female referees ever to serve at a men's World Cup, has been insulted and physically threatened during a match in her home country. 

 Some fans called her a "prostitute" while she was officiating a match between Kiyovu Sport and Gasogi United last Saturday, a Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) spokesman is quoted by the BBC as saying. 

The match ended in a goalless draw. 

"Rwanda’s football body is now investigating harassment and attempted assault by fans in the local male’s league against her, and it says measures will be taken by the disciplinary committee after investigation," notes the British broadcaster. 

A group of disgruntled Kiyovu Sport fans repeatedly chanted, calling Mukansanga "a prostitute". "After the game security staff had to intervene to prevent some of them from physically attacking her,” Jules Karangwa of Ferwafa said.

Hemedi Minani, Kiyovu Sport fans President condemned the "harassment and insults" against Mukansanga and apologised. 

Mukasanga was part of the first team of three female referees to ever officiate a male’s world cup, during the 2022 Qatar World Cup. 

Earlier, he had set history by being the first woman to officiate the men’s Africa Cup of Nations.

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