Chile Brazil Soccer Copa Sudamericana

Chile's Audax Italiano players celebrate at the end of a Copa Sudamericana Group E soccer match against Brazil's Santos at El Teniente stadium in Rancagua, Chile, Wednesday, May 24, 2023.

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SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian soccer club Santos said Thursday that two of its players were racially abused by fans during the team’s 2-1 loss to Audax Italiano in a Copa Sudamericana match at the Chilean team's stadium.

Santos said in a statement that defender Joaquim and striker Ângelo, who are Black, “were verbally abused” and harassed by local fans “making monkey gestures” during a group-stage match Wednesday night in the city of Rancagua.

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