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Serena victim of racial slur on Romanian TV

Serena Williams (Getty Images)
Serena Williams (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Tennis star Serena Williams has become the latest victim of racial abuse after a Romanian TV host called her a monkey.

Radu Bancui, who presents a late-evening TV show for B1 TV in Romania, was hit with the pretty paltry fine of €1 700 for comments he made in which he compared Williams to a monkey.

"Serena Williams looks like those monkeys at the zoo with the red butt," Banciu said on TV, according to CNCD (the National Council for Combatting Discrimination).

"If you put some pants over that butt, they look exactly as Serena Williams looks on court."

The CNCD was strong in its condemnation, saying in a press release: "Slavery was based, among other things, on comparing black people with monkeys.

"Consequently, such statements represent a form of extreme racism."

- Team Talk

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