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Wales stars Rabbi Matondo and Ben Cabango reveal they were racially abused after win over Mexico

Wales Online logo Wales Online 28/03/2021 Paul Abbandonato

Wales youngsters Rabbi Matondo and Ben Cabango have revealed they received shocking racist abuse after the win over Mexico last night.

The gifted 20-year-olds each took to social media to share comments made about them.

Flying winger Matondo, who is with Stoke, and Swansea City defender Cabango, had each started the friendly game at Cardiff City Stadium which saw Wales triumph thanks to a Kieffer Moore goal.

They helped a largely second-string Wales side achieve an excellent win against a team ranked ninth in the world, higher than Germany, Italy or the Netherlands.

Matondo shared a comment made on his Instagram page, where he responded, 'Disgraceful', using emojis of an angry face and a disbelieving hand over his face.

He said in response to the vile abuse: "And so it continues. Another week of Instagram doing absolutely nothing about racial abuse. My Insta will get taken down if I post any clips from my games though. #priorities."

Cabango also went public to share what was said about him, saying: "It's 2021 and it's still happening."

Welsh football fans quickly rallied around to offer their support to the youngsters, angrily condemning the racist remarks.

The FA of Wales said in a statement they are "disgusted by the abuse received by national team players" and have asked police to look into the matter.

"Racism and discriminatory behaviour are wholly unacceptable and the FAW condemns it completely," read their statement.

"The FAW are in dialogue with South Wales Police to ensure this kind of abhorrent behaviour is reported and investigated.

"The FAW joins other national associations and clubs in urging social media platforms and regulatory authorities to take stronger, more effective and urgent action against this despicable behaviour."

A Swansea City club statement read: "Swansea City is disgusted by racist abuse received by Ben Cabango via social media following Wales’ friendly fixture against Mexico.

"Once again, we call on social media companies to take responsibility and introduce more stringent safeguards and punishments in order to eradicate such appalling conduct on their platforms.

"Swansea City condemns racism and abuse of all kinds because it has no place within football and wider society.

"We fully backed the EFL’s recent open letter to social media companies and reiterate our desire to see change.

"Ben has the full unwavering support of everyone at the football club and we will work with the relevant authorities on this matter."

Swans chief executive Julian Winter said: “Sadly, instead of talking about football we are once again talking about this disgusting abuse that continues to tarnish the game and society.

“Social media companies now have to act. Words are no longer sufficient – they have to go above and beyond to impose suitable restrictions and combat such abhorrent levels of abuse.

“We will support Ben unequivocally on this matter and back him in every way possible.”

Matondo and Cabango, who come from Cardiff, are an extremely likeable duo who were first spotted playing parks football in the Welsh capital.

Matondo came through the Cardiff City Academy before a move to Premier League champions Manchester City. As a teenager he earned an £11 million move to German club Schalke and is playing the second half of the current campaign with Stoke in the Championship.

With his searing pace and trickery, he offers back-up for Wales to Manchester United's Dan James and is likely to make the final cut for the looming European Championships.

Matondo made his mark by playing the bulk of the game against Mexico, before being replaced by Wales skipper Gareth Bale near the end.

Cabango was spotted by Swansea City and after a spell with Welsh champions TNS made his Championship debut last season.

Cabango quickly established himself as part of a side who reached the play-offs and has made 29 Swansea appearances this season as Steve Cooper's team look for promotion again.

He was one of the standout performers for Wales against a good Mexico team who had boasted a phenomenal record heading into the Cardiff game, winning 18 and drawing one of their previous 19 matches.

Cabango has put his hand up to start at the back next to Joe Rodon and Chris Mepham in Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier with the Czech Republic.

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