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Players from Derby and Luton sent racist messages – latter from a Hartlepool fan

Two players from Luton Town and Derby County have been sent racist messages within the last week, joining many top flight footballers in receiving the same.

Derby County midfielder Duane Holmes called out the racist abuse which he discovered on social media following Nottingham Forest’s defeat to Stoke City on Wednesday.

In the tweet, which has since been deleted, Holmes posted a screenshot of racist abuse sent to him after he made jokes over Forest’s shock defeat to Stoke that saw them fall out of the play-off places in a dramatic finale to the Championship.

In his response, Holmes called on supporters to “keep the jokes civil” in the rivalry between the clubs.

The 25-year-old wrote: “Can’t even joke on Twitter without being called a ‘shit n****r’. I’m all for the banter, we have received a lot of it in my short time at Derby so far and I understand the rivalry between the two clubs, but please just keep the jokes civil. Ridiculous, man.”

It is unfortunately not the first time that the playerd has been subjected to racist language online.

Last August, Nottinghamshire Police arrested a man over alleged racially-aggravated harassment of the United States of America international.

Forest also banned a supporter from the City Ground, saying in a statement that they “denounced the conduct of the individual responsible in the strongest possible terms”.

A separate incident saw Hatters defender Peter Kioso racially abused on social media by a Hartlepool United supporter after celebrating Luton’s great escape.

He was doing a live video, however as he danced, a shocking comment popped up stating that he looked like a monkey.

Peter said in a tweet: “In 2020 seriously come on, a fan that used to sing my name wants to be doing this ??‍♂️ @Official_HUFC

“This happened on Wednesday night after the boys and I were celebrating such a big thing that we did and I was not going to let that ruin the moment but now that everything has calmed down I feel like I shed light on it to let everyone know how things still are in 2020!!”

LUTON CLUB STATEMENT:

“All at Luton Town are appalled that discriminatory comments can be directed towards anyone in this day and age, but we are especially upset for one of our young players, Peter Kioso, who has been subject to shameful abuse this week – a week when he has made his club and league debut and rightly celebrated his role in helping us survive in the Championship.

“As a club and a town which celebrates equality, diversity and inclusion, we firmly stand behind Peter and all of our minority players and staff regardless of their skin tone, ethnicity or religion.

“We have been helping the police with enquiries to bring the perpetrator of this mindless act to account.

“Racism is unacceptable in person or via any media channel and we believe it is high time that there is a review of how social media channels are categorised to make them more accountable for content distributed over their channels. Either identity transparency is exercised to make individuals responsible for their words or, where anonymity, aliases and cloaking is permitted, the carrier becomes liable.

“Enjoy your short break Peter and we look forward to seeing more of you in an orange shirt for seasons to come! COYH”

Fans showed their support after seeing that each other the players from Derby and Luton were sent racist messages…

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