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Yeovil say 'right decision' to abandon game after reports of racism

Yeovil Town's Huish Park stadium

Yeovil are facing an FA and police investigation after their opponents walked off the pitch due to a reported racist incident.

Town had just taken the lead in the 64th minute of their FA Cup tie when Haringey Borough’s goalkeeper claimed he’d been abused and spat at.

Later Haringey Tweeted saying it had been a ‘horrendous afternoon’ adding that 99% of the Yeovil fans were also disgusted by what happened.

Haringey player Coby Rowe later also praised Yeovil, on social media, for making a stand.

He posted: "Can’t believe I’m tweeting this and it’s 2019 but today I was a victim of racism , in what was supposed to be a great day for @HaringeyBoroFC. another game of football ruined by racists. Thanks to @YTFC players and staff who backed our decision to leave the pitch.@kickitout."

Glovers boss Darren Sarrl spoke after the game:

Following the incident Tyrone Mings, the England player from Bath, who was racially abused by Bulgarian fans on Tuesday also praised the decision.

He says it was right the clubs took the stance to abandon the game, posting: "Well done for taking a stance, sometimes it can get brushed off in lower leagues but everyone stands with you. Our country isn’t perfect either."

Campaign group Kick It Out said it's wrong for players to receive discriminatory abuse while doing their job.

They posted: "Kick It Out has informed The FA and will support the club in identifying the offender(s) to ensure appropriate action is taken and strong punishment issued. We would also like to offer our full support to Douglas and all at Haringey Borough FC."

Yeovil Town FC Police Liaison Officer Ian Hambidge posted: "Anyone with any information / footage of today’s incidents at Haringey please make contact direct with me to discuss if you wish to do so. #ytfc."

Avon & Somerset Police said: "We'll be supporting the @metpoliceuk inquiry into reports of racist comments made at the FA Cup tie btwn Yeovil & Haringey in any way we can."

In a statement Yeovil Town said: "Yeovil Town FC will be cooperating with the authorities and our friends at Haringey Borough FC regarding events leading up to today’s fixture not being completed.

"We are aware that there are allegations that racist comments were made in the crowd and this allegation will be a key part of any investigation. 

"Irrespective of the outcome of any investigations,  we would like to make it clear that the club will not accept racism or discrimination in any form.

"The club will be making no further comment until the current investigations are completed."

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