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Non league match abandoned after team walk off due to alleged racist abuse

A Southern Counties East Football League match ended up being abandoned after a team walked off due to alleged racist abuse.

Holmesdale FC say one of their players was the victim of abuse after a red card was handed out in their game against Rochester United in Division One.

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Both teams broke into a scuffle after a Holmesdale player was sent off, and manager Lee Roots decided he had seen enough to take his players off the pitch.

A Holmesdale FC statement read: “Holmesdale leave the pitch collectively in protest after racist remarks towards our player caused a red card.

“Incident has been reported to the league & be investigated further. Will post a statement at a later date.”

The Kent FA wait to see if the incident is included in the match official’s report before launching an investigation.

Rochester United chairman Matt Hume spoke to Sky Sports News about what had gone on.

The club was informed by the match official that “they didn’t hear any incident of racism whatsoever”.

Hume said the incident came from an altercation between a Holmesdale player, who is alleged to have headbutted and spat at a Rochester player.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Hume said: “As a chairman and as Rochester United we are going to wait for the full report of the officials before we respond in the proper manner because it is really important we address these issues really well.

“Speaking to everyone at the ground today nobody heard any racial abuse, which I am hoping is the case because we wouldn’t want that happening at our club.”


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