BRISTOL CITY have launched an investigation against their own fans after an allegation of racism during their Championship game at Luton yesterday.
The club has received a complaint that racist language was heard in the away end during the 3-0 defeat at Kenilworth Road.
It happened on the same day that Haringey Borough’s home game against Yeovil in the FA Cup was abandoned when the players walked off the pitch.
It was allegedly in reaction to Haringey keeper Valery Pajetat and defender Coby Rowe being racially abused by Yeovil fans in the crowd.
A statement from the club reads: “Bristol City Football Club has been made aware of allegations of racist language used in the away end at Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture at Luton Town’s Kenilworth Road (October 19th).
“The club naturally condemns any form of abuse or racist language.
“Bristol City are a family club which celebrates its diversity and inclusivity.
“Action will be taken against anyone behaving in a racist manner at a Bristol City match, who has purchased their ticket or season card through the club as well as reporting them to the relevant authorities.
“The club are now fully investigating these reports and can assure supporters that appropriate action will be taken.”
LUTON TO SUPPORT BRISTOL
Luton have also released a statement concerning the incident.
It reads: “Luton Town Football Club would like to make clear that we will support any investigation taking place between Bristol City and the authorities.
“Bristol City have released a club statement about the allegations and Hatters CEO Gary Sweet has already been in contact with his counterpart at Ashton Gate, Mark Ashton, to express our support and co-operation.
“Like the Robins, Luton Town are a family club that celebrates diversity and inclusion, and will not accept any discriminatory comments or behaviour at our matches.”
RACIST BEHAVIOUR CONTINUES
SunSport reported on the shocking scenes that played out in North London when Haringey entertained Yeovil.
Visiting Yeovil fans threw insults at Haringey goalkeeper Valery Pajetat and defender Coby Rowe, sparking a mass walk-off by the home team – the first time such action has been taken in this country.
The Football Association promising to investigate ‘as a matter of urgency’, with the incident coming less than a week after England trio Raheem Sterling, Tyrone Mings and Marcus Rashford were abused in Bulgaria.
At Coles Park, bottles were also thrown from the away end and Pajetat was spat on as tempers flared after Yeovil were handed a penalty.
Haringey boss Tom Loizou said after the match: “If we get punished and thrown out, I don’t care. The abuse a few of my players got was disgusting.
“Yeovil’s players and manager were different class. Their team tried to calm their supporters down, they tried their best and they supported us – they said ‘if you’re walking off we’re walking off with you’.
“I took the decision to take my team off and I don’t want Yeovil Town to get punished for it. If we get thrown out of the FA Cup and they go through, there is no hard feelings there.
“I have not done it for any other reason than looking into my players’ faces and seeing how distraught they were. They are not used to this.”