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Statement issued over claim supporter racially abused player during 10th tier match

A statement has been issued over the claim that a supporter racially abused a player during a 10th tier match at the weekend.

Holbeach United and Haverhill Borough played out a 0-0 draw only for the game to be marred by alleged offensive and discriminative language.

A video emerged on social media showing what took place in the Eastern Counties League Division One North fixture on Saturday.

The game was stopped for a number of minutes with players and coaching staff irate before the camera pans towards a spectator getting a talking to in the stands.

Holbeach United said: “We are extremely disappointed and deeply apologise for the incident that occurred at todays game.

“I can assure you we will be doing everything we can to get to bottom of this and deal with it accordingly. We will not tolerate anything like this at the club.”

Haverhill Borough FC tweeted: “@HB_FC will deal with today’s appalling actions in the correct manner via the FA and leagues.”

The Lincolnshire FA said in a statement: “Lincolnshire Football Association have been made aware of a video circulating on social media following an incident over the weekend at the Men’s First Team fixture between Holbeach United and Haverhill Borough.

“We have since received multiple reports, including the report from the Match Official, in relation to this incident and our Discipline team will now begin a full investigation.

“Lincolnshire FA will work closely with those affected during this investigation, and ensure the appropriate support is provided.”

Action will be taken against those who ruin the game for others. The action comes in the form of punishments for those players, clubs and supporters who behave in discriminatory ways.

• Players will be removed from play
• Players will be suspended for games
• Clubs can have points deducted
• Clubs can have their ground closed
• Spectators will be asked to leave

How to report hate?

You’ll be making a big difference by reporting abusive behaviour whenever you see it or hear it. This can be reported at any time, even after the match has finished. To make this easy, here are four ways of telling us:

To report a discriminatory incident to The FA click here

To report a discriminatory incident to Kick It Out click here

Twitter users reacted as a statement was issued over the claim that a supporter racially abused a player during the 10th tier match…

@TedSullivan19: This is not fucking ok! Never ever should be allowed in football. That is completely an utterly disgusting. That fan should be banned for life for saying something like that to one of the most kindest person ever. Never a place for racism in anything @ThurlowNunnL

@lynieBoi: Been happening at holbeach for years. Known for it

@AmberWaveGY: There is no room for racism! Absolutely appalling that someone can abuse another human because of the colour of their skin. We hope the upmost punishment will be dealt to the fan in question. #kickitout

@RyanCookie14: No room for it in the game anymore, proper fair and great game of football ruined by one person in the crowd 🤦🏽‍♂️

@Dwayne_Uylett: Unfortunately this is far too common in society today. There is no place for discriminative or offence language. Hope the player/players involved are okay

@Gerrysm07967174: Ban them and issue points deduction

@SBdrinkingclub: This happened at the exact same ground last year and I confronted the fan and told the officials. I was asked to make a statement after the game and never heard anything afterwards.

@feasby_pau40842: It’s a day of it at the moment… what is happing to this lovely game we call football

@ahmed12nv: Hi Simon, the club were fined £100, they also highlighted their efforts into combating their stance against abuse by placing posters around the ground, I returned to the club a few months later, not a poster in sight. I asked the FA for an explanation of the low fine…. …Holbeach’s effort as mentioned above as well as their previous disciplinary record was what the FA used to determine the outcome…having spoken to a number of figures in football agreeing the outcome should have been harsher apparently these are the guidelines …thank you for your statement, it had an impact on the determination of the case despite the leniency of the outcome.

@EchoVast: Disgraceful behaviour! Ruins the whole game and betrays the football name!

@djjonesuk: Absolutely shameful. Football will do perfectly fine without clowns like him. #notoracism

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