Doe vows response after racism row

Terengganu's Francis Forkey Doe has vowed to respond to the racist abuse he received on his last trip to Singapore by beating Tampines Rovers in their AFC Cup clash.

Forkey Doe from Terengganu.

By Ian Griffiths

The Liberian forward was subjected to the verbal attack by a small section of the Jalan Besar Stadium crowd ahead of last week's Malaysia FA Cup tie with Singaporean outfit LIONSXII.

Doe subsequently admitted to raising a middle finger to the home supporters, something the 26-year-old claims he did only in response to the insults being hurled his way.

Singapore's footballing authorities have since reiterated their zero tolerance approach to racism, although on his return to the same venue for Wednesday's crunch continental fixture against the S.League's reigning champions, Doe was clearly in no mood for forgiveness.

"Yes," he told when asked if the best way to respond to the incident was to beat the Stags.

"I still have not forgotten what they said to me. I feel very bad, and it (the racism) was very hard to get over because playing football is a social game and someone calling you a monkey (is not right).

"It is not going to stay with me forever. I am trying hard to get over it, but I am now back in Singapore after only a few days," the former Al-Ahly star added.

With Terengganu second in Group F, and Tampines needing to a win to resurrect their AFC Cup fortunes, Turtles coach Mat Zan Mat Aris needs his leading goalscorer to be fully focused on what he and his opposite number Steven Tan have described as a vital match.

Despite the cloud which still clearly hangs over him, Doe insisted that he is ready for the challenge.

"Right now I am a professional and I just have to stay focused on the game," Doe, who is currently topping the Malaysia Super League scoring chart, declared.

"It is an important game for Terengganu and I am looking forward to getting the win."

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