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Peterborough player racially abused online because he was in their FIFA pack

Peterborough United player Jonson Clarke-Harris has been racially abused online via Instagram because he was in their FIFA pack.

The 28 year old forward posted on his story over a message he had received from a user named under @schmuckenschlagerl.

Clarke-Harris was the joint-leading scorer in League One this season with 29 goals, and was transfer-listed by the Posh a month ago after losing to Sheffield Wednesday in their semi-final.

But just two days of pre-season training with Peterborough, he was told: “f*** get out of my tots pack. I hate you” with a number of monkey emojis also sent to him.

Clarke-Harris simply responded to the abuse by saying “only been in pre-season 2 days” and called out the abuser by outing his profile.

It’s not the first time that he has been racially abused, as back in 2017, he said a Bradford City supporter directed monkey chants at him while he was warming down after Rotherham lost 1-0 at Valley Parade.

He made a complaint to the Bantams and said on his Twitter page: “To that one Bradford fan doing monkey chants at me as I was doing my runs at the end of the game, you should be disappointed in yourself.”

Rotherham’s statement said: “Rotherham United have been made aware of an allegation of racial abuse towards one of our players from a home area of the ground after the game against Bradford City at the weekend.

“Like ourselves, our friends at Bradford City do not tolerate any form of discrimination. We have been informed that the allegation has been passed on to the police and is now under investigation.

“Rotherham United operate a zero-tolerance policy on discrimination of any kind and will fully assist in any way with any ongoing investigation into the incident.”

Twitter users reacted after seeing the Peterborough player racially abused online because he was in their FIFA pack…

@willpufc: Disgraceful

@WillowUfGood101: What a sad existence we have become seriously Jesus

@joshowen15_: how sad can someone be to abuse a football player over a football video game? even worse a wonderful bloke like jonno? hope he named and shamed.

@ciangilmore_: Disgusting

@cleedham_: This is honestly disgusting. Over a fucking fifa pack. His card is class as well.

@MiddletonMitch: Fucked how someone could even think of doing this or taking the time out ur day to do it

@kishan091858801: The world has gone mad 😢😢

@jackstacpfc: Over fucking fifa?!?! 🤬🤬🤬

@Aj_16011963: WHAT THE FUCK?!?!?!?!? 🤬🥴

b.wood.05: I’ll take you in my fifa packs 🙌

@foreverayellow: how low have some of the human race become to send racist messages to someone over a fifa pack?! utterly grim, no thought for those receiving such messages, get a grip

REPORT RACISM

Not all supporters know how to report hate crime incidents, be they online or at the match, so we thought it would be useful to explain how.

If you have experienced or witnessed discrimination at a football match at any level, or on social media, you can report it to Kick It Out through their online reporting form or via their reporting app available on both iOS and Android. You can also report hate crimes to your local police force here.

You can also report posts to the respective social media channels by using the following links: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | TikTok | Snapchat | YouTube

By reporting online abuse, you can help stop the behaviour and protect other people from seeing the abusive content. Online abuse does not have to be experienced directly by someone in order for that person to report. Everyone has a responsibility to report online hate they see.

EFL STATEMENT ON RACISM:

EFL want to ensure the game is open and welcoming for everyone. Everyone regardless of their background should be able to enjoy EFL matches and competitions in a safe and welcoming environment. Instilling confidence in reporting discrimination allows us to tackle discrimination and eliminate it from our game.   

When discriminatory behaviour takes place, those who witness it – or are the victim of it – need to be able to report it quickly, and to the right people. The reporting process needs to be easy and confidential. Plus, those who make reports must be confident that their concerns or experiences will be heard and, where necessary, dealt with promptly and appropriately.

What is discriminatory behaviour?

Discriminatory abuse includes a reference to any one or more of the following ‘protected characteristics’, covered by the Equality Act, 2010:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex (gender)
  • Sexual orientation

If you see or hear discrimination at an EFL club, whether it be on the pitch, at the training ground or in the stands, please use the Kick It Out app to report it or alternatively some clubs operate a text service, which can be used to directly communicate with the match day staff at the club. 

If you see or hear discrimination at one of our finals

The EFL liaise with Wembley to provide a text service for reporting information. This can be found on the back of each ticket. You can also use the Kick It Out app.

Alternatively, you can report any incidents after the game the game directly to the EFL via enquiries@EFL.com

When providing information please don’t forget to include:

  • Who you are and your contact details
  • What happened, where, when, the game/league/people involved
  • Why you think this event constitutes discrimination
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