A Tranmere player was visibly left hurt by what Morecambe’s Yann Songo’o called him during the League Two match on Saturday.
The fixture was marred by the incident with details emerging that it was down to the use of a disgusting homophobic slur.
It came following a foul that left one of Tranmere’s players injured and requiring treatment, a huddle involving the duo from both teams formed, when Songo’o can be shockingly heard saying ‘faggot’.
After the vile outburst, one Tranmere player can be heard shouting to the referee ‘woah woah, you heard that’ before the red card was then dished out.
A statement from Tranmere Rovers said: “TRFC have a policy of not commenting publicly on specific disciplinary issues relating to other clubs or their players and therefore will be not making any statement regarding yesterday’s incident. We reiterate our firm belief that there is no place for homophobia within football.”
Tranmere’s LGBT+ fans group, Rover and Out, said they stand by their club’s statement and that they are “proud of their players’ response in immediately recognising this language as unacceptable”.
Kick It Out issued their support for Rover and Out and the wider fight against homophobia in football: “There is no place for homophobic language in football. It is damaging and hurtful. As role models, players in particular should be mindful of the impact of their words.”
There is no place for homophobic language in football. It is damaging and hurtful. As role models, players in particular should be mindful of the impact of their words. We support this statement 👇🏽 https://t.co/efyk5PtrJ8
— Kick It Out (@kickitout) January 31, 2021
Tranmere went on to win the encounter 1-0, thanks to a winner from Kaiyne Woolery in the 74th minute, placing Rovers 5th in the League Two table.
Opponents Morecambe are directly below them in 6th place on the same amount of points (41) after 25 games played.
What managers said after the game
“It’s a great result. I must admit that the opposition are a good side and it represented a test of character and strength of our squad,” said Tranmere’s Keith Hill.
“I thought we managed the opponents well. I don’t think it was a penalty, it hits Jay on the thigh and bounces up onto his arm. It’s a bit harsh. We rode our luck with the player missing the penalty and the sending off, but it’s key to us winning that game and controlling the game.
“We controlled possession and created goalscoring opportunities. We are pleased that we scored.
“I’m really happy with the clean sheet. It’s key to playing against a team with ten men. As much as you want to attack against ten men, you’ve got to make sure that concentration levels are at 100 per cent.”
Praising the performances of Woolery and Danny Lloyd, Hill stated: “Kaiyne is a great player to work with. He’s got pace to burn and I’m pleased that he has scored.
“And Danny is full of energy, it was a great cross for the goal.”
“One of our most important players gets sent off and it gives us an uphill struggle.”
— BBC Lancashire Sport (@BBCLancsSport) January 30, 2021
Morecambe boss Derek Adams said: “I don’t know what happened with the red card and we will have to wait and see what the report is.
“The referee didn’t say anything, the fourth official didn’t say anything, so we will have to wait and see.
“But it did give Tranmere the advantage. Before then were in command. We pressed Tranmere all over the pitch and caused them a lot of trouble. We were unlucky to have a goal disallowed and then we missed a penalty and had Yann sent off.
“That was always going to make it difficult for us in the second half and it gave the advantage to Tranmere.
“It was the break they needed on the day because we were the team that were on top in the match and were controlling it and to lose one of our most important players made it tough and gave us an uphill struggle.”
We looked like we were going to go and win the game but, unfortunately, one of our most important players gets sent off and it gives us an uphill struggle.”
Fans reacted after a Tranmere player was visibly left hurt by what Morecambe’s Songo’o called him during the match…
@MyNameIsSimon88: It’s a shame that some people still believe that word is no a homophobic slur, more people need educating. Good on the ref for taking quick and decisive action.
@sir_longmong: It’s a homophobic slur if you interpret it as a homophobic slur. The context is everything. This word has been used to mock someone as weak for years too. Poor choice of words but let’s not get hysterical over it
@MrDmaguire: However it’s intended, it’s a homophobic slur. No place for it in the game and right for it to be a big deal!
@davebyrne01: So proud the #TRFC players called it out ! #takeastand
@Ma1the4thbwithu: Peter Clarke for PM. If anyone thinks what was said yesterday during the red card incident Morecambe v Tranmere was ok in any way, shape or form, then please unfollow me. Football is for everyone & I stand with my friends #LGBT #Ally #Swa #Trfc
@CWTerrace: Yann Songo’o has been immense for the Shrimps this season, as the midfield anchorman. What’s most disappointing is the nature of the sending off, during a break in play. Frustrating for supporters, but Yann will be equally as embarrassed and apologetic.
@TheLeonKearney: When you’re using the word “faggot” in 2021 and in a football match, you deserve the red card and the consequences to follow. Really poor from the individual. If it was him being racially abused, it would’ve been escalated by now.
@tlmfootball: That Songo’o incident is one of so many reasons why people continue to campaign for LGBT+ equality in football, and for the eradication of LGBT+ discrimination. It’s still there and it’s still loud and clear. And until that stops, we won’t stop
@RobSkinCraneMan: Homophobes like yann songo’o of morecombe shouldnt be allowed in this country or in football
@michaelupton96: Where’s the club statement from Morecambe condemning the disgraceful homophobic slur from Songo’o, AND homophobia in general ?