Jefferson Lerma (left) has accused Iago Aspas of racism claiming he called him a 'black s***'

Iago Aspas accused of racism by Levante’s Jefferson Lerma

Spain striker Iago Aspas has been accused of racism in a La Liga game played on Sunday between his team Celta Vigo and Levante.

Levante’s Colombian defender Jefferson Lerma made the accusation after the game when he was being interviewed by beIN Sports.

Lerma said: ‘While I’m in front of the cameras I want to make a complaint. These acts of racism should not exist. Aspas said to me “negro de mierda” [black s***] and this cannot be allowed to happen.’

Jefferson Lerma (left) has accused Iago Aspas of racism claiming he called him a 'black s***'

Jefferson Lerma (left) has accused Iago Aspas of racism claiming he called him a ‘black s***’

Lerma claims that Celta Vigo's Aspas made the comment during their 1-0 win over Levante

Lerma claims that Celta Vigo’s Aspas made the comment during their 1-0 win over Levante

Lerma said he told the referee but the match official offered him no support.

The player added: ‘I spoke with the referee and he told me he was sick of being screwed with… but now it will be up to them to revise it because he [Aspas] said it.’

Levante have issued a statement giving their full backing to their player and condemning racism.

Aspas made 14 appearances for Liverpool from 2013 to 2015 but returned to Spain having flopped in England. Back at Celta Vigo his form has got him into the Spain squad. He scored at Wembley in 2016 and is expected to be included in Spain’s World Cup squad.

Lerma made the accusation after Sunday's game when he was being interviewed

Lerma made the accusation after Sunday’s game when he was being interviewed

‘Negro de mierdo’ was the phrase used by former Spain manager Luis Aragones in 2004. The then 66-year-old coach was addressing Jose Antonio Reyes and making reference to Thierry Henry.

Spanish authorities will now wait to see if Lerma’s complaint makes it into the referee’s report.

Aspas responded to his own club’s media saying: ‘What is said on the pitch stays on the pitch. But I did not call him what he says.’

Aspas (left) scored for Spain against England at Wembley during a friendly in November 2016

Aspas (left) scored for Spain against England at Wembley during a friendly in November 2016

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