As reported by Het Nieuwsblad, during the last round of Challenger Pro League fixtures Lierse striker Obbi Oulare was the subject of racist abuse. The former Watford and Barnsley striker was abused by his own fans, with the club now using images from the game to identify the fans and hand out punishments. Following the incident, both player and teammates were angry with what had been said by their own fans and wanted action to be taken. There is hope that those responsible will be found and held accountable for their actions.
Lierse have struggled to start the season, with just one win from their opening eight games. They have five points and sit second from bottom in the second tier of Belgian football. This season, the bottom two in the league will be relegated to the third tier. Last year, the side had finished fourth int he regular season and fifth during the play-offs.
Oulare joined the side during the summer, looking to revive his career after a tough few years. So far, the striker has scored twice and provided one assist. The 27-year-old began his career with Club Brugge, where he scored nine goals in 39 appearances. He played just three times for Watford between 2015 and 2016, spending time on loan at a variety of clubs before ending up back in Belgium with Standard Liege. After four goals in 35 games for Standard, he joined Barnsley in 2021/ However, he struggled in English football once again and was loaned to RWDM for the second half of last season.