Kilmarnock say that they condemn a ‘sick letter’ that was sent to Scottish Premiership club directed at their manager Alex Dyer.
Killie have been left disgusted and shocked at racist abuse aimed at their boss and have since released a statement via their website.
Sickened chiefs at the club have hit out at the comments and revealing the matter has been reported to Police Scotland.
Kilmarnock Football Club utterly condemns a letter which was delivered to the club containing racist abuse directed at our manager, Alex Dyer.
The matter has been reported to Police Scotland.
— Kilmarnock FC (@KilmarnockFC) December 28, 2020
Kilmarnock Football Club utterly condemns a letter which was delivered to the club this morning containing racist abuse directed at our manager, Alex Dyer.
We are working with Police Scotland to identify any individuals involved in this disgusting act and we will pursue the strongest possible action we can against them.
Racism in any form is completely unacceptable and must be called out whenever and wherever it is found.
As a club, we have shown our support to rid the game and society as a whole of racial discrimination by taking the knee before each fixture this season and we will continue to do so.
Show Racism The Red Card
– STATEMENT ENDS –
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A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We have been made aware of an offensive communication and enquiries into the matter are ongoing.”
Scotland’s Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has shown his support to Alex Dyer on social media.
He said: “Disgraceful, and simply no justification for it. Full solidarity with Alex Dyer and @KilmarnockFC.
“We are about to enter 2021 and we have Black football managers receiving letters with racist abuse. We have a long way to go to rid ourselves of this evil.”
The news comes just hours after Alex Dyer insisted he has not lost the Kilmarnock dressing room despite their dismal form under the Englishman.
The Killie boss said: “The reality is if you don’t win games then it’s up to them (the board) to make a decision.
“That’s life, that’s football, I am not naive to that situation. I have been in the game long enough.
“If you don’t win enough games, or it don’t look like you can win games, then obviously you are going to get moved on. That’s facts.
“But it’s not something I am concerned about because I know, while I am here, every day I come in and the players train well.
“We have still got each other’s back, which is a good thing. I have not lost that changing room. So I am all right with that.
“I want to turn it round, I want to be given time to turn it round, but if the owner, Billy (Bowie), who is a good man, says ‘time is time’ then I will shake his hand and move on because he is not going to sack me because he wants to sack me, he is going to sack me because the results are not good enough.
“But I am giving it 100 per cent and the players are doing the same.
“On Saturday we sat in the changing room and no-one could believe it. They were hurting.
“But they came in today and trained and the atmosphere was good and we look forward to Wednesday’s game.
“They still want to climb the league and have that ambition.”
The Rugby Park side have lost their last five league games in a row and are currently eighth in the Scottish Premiership table.
Fans reacted after seeing Kilmarnock condemn the ‘sick letter’ sent to club directed at their manager…
@claireyzumba: Absolutely disgusted by this @policescotland please find the individual, severely punish them and ban from Scottish football for life!
@Garvis691: Absolutely shocking no place for this at any club never mind at a family club like Killie hope they get what they deserve.
@KevinMcWhirter1: No justification whatsoever for something like that. Shocking behaviour, hopefully the person can be named and shamed.
@WeeEck05: No space for people who think this is acceptable. Hope the police find out who is responsible and the club ban them for life!
@GrahamOrr15: We might be unhappy at the results but there’s no excuse for that. Hope they are caught.
@DavidMacnab: I am horrified by this. It’s sickening. Taking the knee is symbolic – much much more must be done.
@BenTheTim: I’m surprised someone with those type of views has the brain capacity to write.
@PeterElder74: That’s an absolute disgrace. I’m certain every Killie fan will be disgusted by this, and I hope Mr Dyer and his family are alright and aren’t put off Scottish football
@Barbinho75: Absolutely shocking. Really hope it’s not from a Kilmarnock fan. Hope the perpetrator has the book thrown at them.
@aht1869: What. The. Actual. Fuck. This is an absolute disgrace!
@KillieMatchworn: Appalled, disgusted and absolutely SICK to see this. I truly hope that Alex realises that the true #KillieFamily totally condemn this behaviour. No place in any society for racist language, actions and behaviours. Let us hope that the culprit is caught very soon
I’m appalled. We are a football family and this is a club I have supported for 50 years through some rough times and good times. There is absolutely no place for this in football or society.
— L-a (@Lizanne_Deans) December 28, 2020
All stadia and clubs……and a criminal record to go along with it.
— Ali M (@alijmcc) December 29, 2020
That’s disgusting. Doesn’t matter what form we are on Racial abuse is never okay. Hope the individual is permanently banned from the club
— TheKilmarnockBible (@KilmarnockBible) December 28, 2020