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Middlesbrough investigate after video of alleged racist incident at Leicester emerges

Middlesbrough are to investigate after a viral video of an alleged racist incident at Leicester emerges from this weekend’s game.

Middlesbrough has issued a statement confirming that they are currently conducting an investigation into an alleged incident of racism involving a supporter in the away end at the King Power Stadium.

Despite Michael Carrick’s side securing a crucial 2-1 victory on the pitch, but it seems the celebrations have been somewhat overshadowed by a video circulating on social media.

The video appears to depict a Boro fan making a racist gesture towards Leicester supporters.

Upon becoming aware of the video, the club promptly released a statement reiterating their zero-tolerance stance towards such behaviour.

They have vowed to take the most severe action possible against anyone found guilty.

Middlesbrough is actively investigating the matter and collaborating with the relevant authorities to identify the individual(s) involved.

STATEMENT:

Middlesbrough Football Club are aware of an incident which took place during yesterday’s game at Leicester City.

We are investigating this and are working with the relevant authorities to identify the individual(s) involved.

We have a zero-tolerance approach towards racism and all forms of discriminatory behaviour and will take the strongest action possible.

Middlesbrough Supporters Forum also commented on the video.

Posting a statement on their social media channels, the supporters’ forum, which brings together numerous supporters’ groups, said: “MSF is aware of a video circulating allegedly showing a Boro fan at Leicester using racist language/behaviour.

“We condemn any form of racist or discriminatory behaviour in the strongest possible way.

“We have reported this video to the club who were aware and are already investigating it.

“Any incidences of discriminatory behaviour should be reported by emailing supporters@mfc.co.uk or on matchdays by texting 07340 718965.”

The Championship fixture itself saw Finn Azaz and Sam Silvera score in a much needed win for Boro at the league leaders.

Leicester: Hermansen, Ricardo Pereira, Faes, Vestergaard, Justin, Winks, Dewsbury-Hall (McAteer 63′), Fatawu (Akgün 58′), Praet (Albrighton 89′), Mavididi (Cannon 45′), Daka (Vardy 63′)

Subs: Coady, Doyle, Vardy, Albrighton, Choudhury, Cannon, Akgün, McAteer, Stolarczyk

Middlesbrough: Glover, Ayling, McNair, van den Berg, Clarke, Engel, McGree (Dijksteel 89′), Azaz (Greenwood 68′), Barlaser, O’Brien, Silvera (Forss 78′)

Subs: Dieng, Hoppe, Gilbert, Dijksteel, Forss, Greenwood, Nkrumah, McCabe, Woolston

Leicester’s Enzo Maresca:

“It was just one of those days you have to drop points, we created many chances before their goal, we pushed until the end and tried until the end and that’s the most important thing.

“Even playing a different way we created a lot of chances, we tried to adjust and adapt, we lost a little bit of balance after we conceded the first goal and we conceded some counter attacks which we need to avoid.

“We missed the last pass, even with these things that we need to improve, we had many chances that we missed, we were close, it’s part of our season, we can’t think we’re going to win every game.

“We have 13 games, we need to win some more games to reach our target, it’s not easy, you can drop points every game in the Championship, from now on all the games are important, we didn’t drop in terms of commitment, it was a lack of quality in the last third.”

Middlesbrough’s Michael Carrick:

“The spirit and the will to win was there, tactically the boys understood it, the boys were so eager to carry it out, it’s not easy as we’ve taken a few hits lately, the spirit was incredible.

“I’m just happy the boys had something go their way for a change, they deserve it because they’re an unbelievable group to work with, it doesn’t surprise me.

“The players are happy without being overly happy which is good, they’re eager to bring on what’s next, there was almost a feeling we could have scored one or two more and made it a little bit easier, they had chances towards the end, but there’s a good sense that that is still not enough, we want some more.

“We played very similar to how we played at home against them, they put five across their top line, it was just different personnel and the boys did their specific jobs unbelievably well and I was really pleased they took that on board.”

Twitter users reacted with Middlesbrough to investigate after a video of the alleged racist incident at Leicester emerges…

@hannah_tbhh: ban her for life

@justcalledtosay: Glad to see the club taking action. It’s sadly been a problem at the club for too long. The ‘fan’ that abused Gestede. The ‘fan’ that tore the Qur’an up at Brum. The Yusuf abuse and now this. Those involved should be banned for life.

@ArgyleLoz: This is good news, disgusting individual…hope she’s banned for life, starting next week when the Green Army rock up at Middlesbrough…

@StevenDodds20: Get her gone, no place for racism anywhere 😡

@ThatBoroFan: As you should. Hope she gets everything coming her way

@tomleeboro: The video of that woman is disgusting. Get her gone

@shinebritediam1: Shouldn’t be anywhere near the Riverside or any other stadium ever again, I’m absolutely disgusted by her behaviour.

@sparky__26: Always take one to ruin it. Good result for you guys yesterday and 99% of the support was one of, if not, the best down the KP we’ve had this season.

@kevinvanhughff: Well done Middlesbrough FC. football is not about violence, abuse or racism it’s about enjoying the beautiful game but having really good time doing so.

@scfc_wilt: Well done Boro 👏🏻 no room for racism anywhere in the world

@andrea_bev27826: Good this needs to be dealt with straightaway she is a disgrace to the club show you won’t put with this behaviour it makes the great fans we have look bad 👍😊

@FPLdudewithsign: Good comms Boro. Left sour taste from an otherwise outstanding win. This female does not represent the club or our values, and should be banned for life & face criminal charges. She will undoubtedly say she was shouting something else, but the footage is clear, there is no doubt.

@andrewstevo39: Sorry this has happened, she certainly doesn’t represent this club. She will be dealt with by Boro.

@boro_memories: Absolutely vile behaviour. The video’s pretty clear so hopefully she’ll be identified easily and prosecuted appropriately. The sooner the better

@rachelhudson84: From a Boro fan I am so so sorry. People like this do not represent us all. I’m disappointed and disgusted. We will make a complaint to the right people at the club xx

@robertsnicola1: Wow! What a disgrace 😤 @Boro get her banned!

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