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Warrington reveal what happened in full time incident of FA Cup tie against South Shields

Warrington Town have chosen to reveal what happened in an incident which occurred at full time of an FA Cup tie against South Shields on Tuesday.

The Mariners ended up being the non league side that went through to the second qualifying round of the competition, winning 5-4 on penalties at the Drivers Direct Stadium last night.

However, an incident which came after the full time whistle marred South Shields’ victory with police now investigating the matter.

A report of racist abuse is said to have been hurled at a South Shields FC player after the game at Warrington.

A club stated read: “The club has been made aware of an incident that took place at the end of tonight’s game against South Shields.

“Video footage is being reviewed and the perpetuator, once identified, will be banned from attending games at Cantilever Park.

“We have enjoyed a healthy rivalry with South Shields over recent years on the pitch, and we will not allow the actions of any individual to undermine that.

“Not only that, this behaviour threatens to undo the good work done by the club to ensure the return of fans for the start of this season.”

South Shields has confirmed that police have been asked to take up the complaint with the hosts agreeing that the matter should be looked into.

A South Shields statement issued states: “South Shields Football Club welcomes the swift action taken by Warrington Town in relation to an incident which took place at Tuesday’s Emirates FA Cup tie at Cantilever Park.

“We understand that the police are now dealing with the matter and video footage is being reviewed.

“South Shields Football Club abhors racism and discrimination of all forms and will continue to do all it can to eradicate such deplorable behaviour from the game.

“We also stand firmly alongside those players inadvertently involved in Tuesday’s incident and will continue to support them internally.

“The club will be making no further comment at this time.”

There was a reduced number of supporters allowed able to travel and make their way through the turnstiles to watch the encounter, with numbers limited at 600 fans as the club is classed as ‘non-elite’ as part of the coronavirus restrictions on spectators.

Since the two statements, Warrington Town has tweeted: “Further to the club statement, we have successfully identified an individual and reported incidents and details to the Police with video evidence.

“We would like to thank those who have provided information, and apologise to South Shields & their players for any distress caused.”

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