German coach accepts ban for rest of 2021 for racist slur

TOKYO (AP) — The governing body of cycling suspended a German official for the rest of the year on Friday for using a racist slur during the Olympic men’s time trial.

The International Cycling Union said Patrick Moster accepted a ban through Dec. 31. Moster, the German cycling federation’s sports director, won’t be able to accompany his team to the road world championships in Belgium in September or the track worlds the following month.

The UCI ruled that Moster’s comments “were discriminatory and contrary to the basic rules of decency.”

Moster used the slur while a German rider chased opponents from Algeria and Eritrea during the race on July 28. The comment was heard on TV broadcasts.

The UCI said it “condemns all forms of racist and discriminatory behavior.”

Moster was sent home by the German Olympic team a day after he used the slur, amid mounting public criticism. He remains suspended “until further notice” by his national federation.

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