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Hull investigate number of incidents and crowd trouble during defeat against Sheffield United

Hull City are to investigate a number of incidents and crowd trouble during their defeat against Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon.

A report of alleged racial abuse directed towards one of Sheffield United’s players with 20 year old substitute Kyron Gordon was warming up late on in the game when he became distressed and returned to the bench.

Play stopped while the referee came over and Paul Heckingbottom told afterwards that the club followed the proper channels after Gordon notified of the incident.

Sheffield United substitute Oliver Arblaster was alongside Gordon at the time of the incident and also heard the comments.

Heckingbottom said in his post-match interview there is no place in football for racism: “When the lads were warming up there are allegations of racist abuse, which the boys heard and reported it.

“We have just been in with the referee now. We followed the process and reported it and Matt [Donohue] was great, he showed good empathy towards Kyron.

“It’s disappointing. We are talking about two young players here. We know there is no place for it. I am not speaking bad here of Hull City supporters, I am speaking about football in general. There’s no place for it and it’s not nice.

“We followed the process. We have gone through the right channels and it’s been reported. [Oliver] Arblaster was there and he witnessed it. By all accounts it wasn’t hidden. It was blatantly obvious.”

A fan also took it upon himself to invade the pitch, giving the stewards some chasing to do, before being caught as he jumped back in the stand.

Hull City have said they are investigating the incident and released the following statement: “We’ve been made aware of an incident in the second half of today’s game involving a Hull City fan and an opposition player.

“The club is working closely with both Sheffield United and Humberside Police to investigate. We will not be commenting any further at this time.”

Sheffield United reclaimed top spot in the Championship with an efficient 2-0 win at the MKM Stadium to end Hull City’s perfect home record.

Oli McBurnie put the Blades ahead when his 20th-minute shot squirmed through the hands of Tigers keeper Matt Ingram at the near post for his third goal in as many games.

In-form Oscar Estupinan was denied twice by Wes Foderingham after being sent clean through before Ozan Tufan lobbed on to the roof of the net as Hull couldn’t put many of their chances in the back of the net.

Sheffield United secured all three point points in a largely scrappy second half with Sander Berge’s deflected shot 16 minutes from time beat Ingram.

Hull’s Shota Arveladze: “It’s not a good statistic [conceding the most goals in the division]. I cannot feel positive about it, but we have to work on it. That’s a part of football . You want to score more and concede less but we have to balance between attack and defence. I think it was a good game. They are a really tough team to play against, but I think with his (Ingram’s) quality he should save their first goal.

“I would say the time when we could have scored was at the end of the first half. The game was still even then and sometimes they, too, played the longer balls, but we didn’t create too much in the second half. They scored a second at the right time again. The boys tried – it was a great crowd and a great atmosphere. I cannot say too much about the players’ attitude and will and the way they trained before the game.”

Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Sheffield:

“I thought we were strong and played well.

“They didn’t have a shot second half and to get a goal then does make it easier and we saw the game out well.

“Oli loves scoring goals – I’m delighted for him and delighted with him. We know what a good player he is and he was great.

“We could’ve had more goals and made it easier but 2-0 away from home, you’d take that all the time.”

Fans give their reaction as Hull say they will investigate a number of incidents and crowd trouble during defeat against Sheffield United…

@RimmerLeon: Had an argument with a city fan in the concourse when he referred to Longman as a “n*gger”. Seems the racism is getting worse

@TommyFCSP: As I tweeted before, this isn’t new at the club. The club have been aware of previous cases and done nothing. There’s people in that crowd active in fascist groups. I’ve listened to racism and homophobia before. I’m sick if it. I’m done.

@BigMick69775943: Why is racism still a thing? It’s time to stamp it out and ban the perpetrators

@easthulltiger66: Number 34 spent 3 or 4 minutes goading the north west corner , then all of sudden was summoned to the bench, easy allegation to make to deflect his behaviour, sheff u were absolutely classless as a team especially Mcburniie who has form

@RacingBlade: Hope Ky Gordon is ok after his ordeal at Hull today , there is absolutely no place for Racism in Football as in life I just hope the culprits are brought to justice & the club punishes them too , ⚔🔴⚪⚫

@dannyhird04: Absolutely disgusting

@Uzzell01: I hope this isn’t true. Stop being dickheads

@JONMAIL1: This is obviously unacceptable but embarrassing too for us , especially now we have a Turkish owner and a multi national, multi cultural team

@hotpantsswe6: Embarrassing and unforgivable.

@BenBartle93: Lets hope they find whoever it was if the allegations are correct. No place in football for it. We all stand with Sheffield United on that!

@SimonWattsHull: Its funny to read people making comments about players ‘goading’ & ‘intimidating’ sections of our support, lol. As if they are all sat like choirboys watching the game only to have it rudely interrupted by Sheff Utds subs. And these are the folk who call others ‘snowflakes’ lol

@lukeyandrews25: Disgraceful stuff inside or outside a football stadium regardless of who’s goading who, also need to investigate into the Sheffield fan who threw the flare into the east stand.

@TomButl55445942: Find the person who’s said it and ban um for life simple no place in football for it

@AndrMyers: Really, really not good this. #hcafc fans got to stamp this out. If you hear it, call it out and make a fuss. Get them kicked out and banned.

@bigbadwalks: There’s no place for this in society, never mind at our football club. Ban these idiots, and good riddance. #hcafc

@Matt86Holmes: Unacceptable! And so is throwing bottles into the away end! Idiotic behaviour! Just stop it! #hcafc

@BrownyHull: Disgusting if true. There are some utter morons supporting this club. Had some sat behind me last week who are just there to get smashed off their faces and hurl abuse at our own players. Weird way to spend their money. Spoil it for the majority of amazing fans #hcafc

@kee__an: life ban needed. don’t want any of those scumbags near the MKM ever again

@RichTurnerr: Get them banned and fined. Absolutely no place for racism in football. Scumbags

@_lucashcafc: I’m in N1, where it happened, and I thought I saw something along them lines, Kyron Gordon told our fans to ‘fck off” so at that point I assume someone did/said something racist, which is absolutely disgraceful and completely out of order, get them banned for life. #hcafc

@HullCityLive: Fucking hell. Absolute knuckle draggers. Hope anyone found guilty does time. #hcafc

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