Wolves’ South Korean star Hwang Hee-chan targeted by racist gestures in friendly

Wolves have called on UEFA to open an investigation after Hwang Hee-chan suffered "discriminatory abuse" in a friendly with Farense.

The Premier League side wrapped up their pre-season preparations with a 1-1 draw against the Portuguese minnows in a match that was marred by home supporters targeting Hwang. In a statement, Wolves said: "We are very disappointed to report that one of our players was the target of discriminatory abuse from opposition fans during this evening's game with SC Farense."

"We will be reporting the incident to UEFA and asking our opponent and relevant authorities to investigate. We are offering our full support to the player involved.

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"Racism in any form is completely unacceptable and should never be left unchallenged."

Hwang equalised from the spot for Wolves after the Midlands side had gone behind to a Christian Ponde goal. It was in the build-up to the penalty that the South Korea international noticed some fans making racist gestures towards him.

He spotted the abuse and reported it to the referee and Wolves' officials.

Wolves' 1-1 draw against Farense concluded a pre-season campaign which has seen them win only twice. Bruno Lage's outfit opened their schedule with a 4-0 win over Alaves and a 2-1 defeat to Levante in consecutive days.

A 3-0 victory over Besiktas on July 23 proved to be their last victory, with a subsequent defeat to Villarreal B and draws with Sporting Libson and Farense bringing their pre-season prep to a close.

The Molineux side begin the Premier League season away at Leeds United next Saturday before welcoming newly-promoted Fulham to the Midlands the following week.

They then face a tricky away fixture against Spurs on August 20 and end the month with two matches in four days against Newcastle and AFC Bournemouth. The Premier League season kicks off with Crystal Palace vs Arsenal on Friday night.


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