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Didcot player reveals what was said in the racist and gay abuse by fans at Risborough – incident reported to police

A Didcot Town player says he received racist abuse from the crowd when playing against Risborough Rangers over the weekend.

Caelan Isaac was playing for the development side and said it isn’t the first time the 19 year old has received these type of comments.

His previous incidents of racism he had reported to the FA had “never been followed up”, this case however is being investigated by the police.

He said on Twitter: “Today whilst playing away at Risborough I was racially abused by the fans. I’m 19 and this is the third time I’ve been a victim of racial abuse. Today I was called a “little n****r” “gay p***k” and a “black c**t”. I hope those responsible are dealt with appropriately. #KickItOut

“Once again when reported to the referee it was quickly dismissed as he hadn’t heard it. Previous incidents have been reported to the FA but have never been followed up. This has got to change and the FA need to offer more protection to ethnic minorities in non-league football.”

“However, massive thank you to the Risborough players and some of the fans who came over to me at the end of the game and offered me their support.”

Risborough Rangers wrote a statement: “Risborough Rangers Football Club are aware of a report of discriminatory abuse towards an opposition player during yesterday’s fixture against Didcot Town Development Football Club.

“Today the club has launched a full investigation into these allegations. We would appeal for anyone with information to contact the club chairman Richard Woodward at richardandjoy1971@btinternet.com as soon as possible.”

“We are a community club and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated. Anyone found to have taken part in any form of discriminatory activity will be banned from our club indefinitely.”

Didcot wrote: “Didcot Town FC were extremely saddened to hear of the alleged racist abuse towards Caelan Isaac who played for our Development team in their Hellenic League Division 1 East match away at Risborough Rangers on Saturday.

“We can confirm that a complaint has been filed with our local FA, the Berks & Bucks FA and The Hellenic League. The Berks & Bucks FA have confirmed they will co-ordinate with The FA to launch an investigation into the case. The incident has also been reported to the police.”

“Racism has no place in society and especially on a football pitch, Caelan has our full support and we await news from the Berks & Bucks FA in regards to their investigation.”

Mr Isaac’s manager Lee Mathews tweeted that he “felt helpless and upset for my player” during the fixture at the BEP Stadium in Princes Risborough on Saturday.

He added: “A women and two men, absolutely disgusting.”

 

After writing about what happened at the game on social media, the Didcot player got a huge amount of fans expressed their shock but also offered their support – see what they had to say on the next page.

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