Michy Batshuayi Criticises UEFA After Atalanta Racism Investigation Is Dropped

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2018

DORTMUND, GERMANY - MARCH 18: Michy Batshuayi of Dortmund looks dejected during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Hannover 96 at Signal Iduna Park on March 18, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Borussia Dortmund forward Michy Batshuayi has criticised UEFA on social media after an investigation into alleged racist abuse aimed at the player during a game against Atalanta was dropped. 

As reported by Liam Prenderville of the Daily Mirror, the on-loan Chelsea striker made the complaint after a UEFA Europa League clash between the two teams, and European football's governing body said it would look into the allegations.

However, on Thursday it was confirmed no further action would be taken. Batshuayi made his feelings clear with these posts on Twitter:

Michy Batshuayi @mbatshuayi

LOL. Must be my imagination 🤷🏾‍♂️ https://t.co/50BrKZz6mu

Michy Batshuayi @mbatshuayi

« Its just monkey noise who cares ? » 😂😂😂 2018 guys ...

As relayed by Rob Harris of the Associated Press, UEFA did not elaborate on why it has decided to end the investigation, noting it decided "to close the disciplinary proceedings opened for racist or discriminatory behaviour."

REGGIO NELL'EMILIA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 22:  Michy Batshuayi of Borussia Dortmund competes for the ball whit Mattia Caldara of Atalanta during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Atalanta and Borussia Dortmund at the Mapei Stadium - Citta' del Trico
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Per Harris, it's the second time in March that an investigation into alleged racist behaviour was closed. It was deemed a complaint made by Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster in a UEFA Youth League game against Spartak Moscow's Leonid Mironov was not substantial enough to act upon.

The incident Batshuayi reported came in February at the Mapei Stadium, a temporary home for Atalanta during their stint in European competition. Afterwards Batshuayi posted the following message:

Michy Batshuayi @mbatshuayi

2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands ... really ?! 🤦🏾‍♂️ hope you have fun watching the rest of @EuropaLeague on TV while we are through 🙊🙈🙉 #SayNoToRacism #GoWatchBlackPanther ✌🏾

The Belgium international moved to Dortmund in January after struggling for minutes at Stamford Bridge, and he's settled in to life in the Bundesliga quickly. The 24-year-old has netted eight goals in 11 appearances for BVB.