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Barrow AFC issue official statement on racism claim

BARROW AFC have issued an official statement on the allegation made by Macclesfield Town captain Nat Brown that he was racially abused from the terraces during Tuesday night's FA Cup second round game at Holker Street.

The statement was posted on the club's website today (Thursday) and reads as follows:

Barrow AFC have now received an official communication from the Football Association following the claims by Macclesfield Town FC of racial abuse of one of their players.

Following reports to the match referee, David Webb, by the Macclesfield player Nat Brown alleging that he had been subjected to racial abuse and a "monkey chant", the matter was brought to the attention of the Barrow Safety Officer and Head Steward, Mike Forsythe.

As is usual for all referee-reported "Extra-ordinary Match Incidents" the incident will be investigated by Barrow AFC in conjunction, and in full co-operation, with Cumbria Police.

The match dvd will be made available for scrutinisation and any fans witnessing any racial abuse are urged to come forward with information either to the club or Cumbria Police.

Barrow Secretary / Director, Russell Dodd said "We are taking these allegations very seriously. We have been asked by the FA for our version of events and we will investigate and involve Cumbria Police throughout."

Dodd continued: "We deplore any kind of racism, there is no place for it anywhere in society. We have worked very hard over the last few years with our links with the "Kick it out" campaign.

"Our fans have generally been superb in this regard and have if anything displayed positive racial discrimination, with any black players at the club being hero-worshipped whatever their ability in the team."

"Our Community team has been delivering anti-racism talks in Barrow schools for the last few years and already six schools have been covered this season, with six more planned by the summer. We are also told by "Kick-it-out" that our annual day is one of their best."

"However, if some new fans have suddenly started displaying this behaviour, we urge all our true fans to identify them."

Barrow Chairman, Brian Keen stated: "This is a decent family community club and there is no place for racism here. We will investigate and if we can identify any culprits they will be facing as stern a punishment as we can dish out.

"We have an excellent relationship with Cumbria Police and together we will do everything we can to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion". 

Have your say

Exceptional if not superhuman powers of hearing there from Mr Brown it would appear. In the Boy Who Cried Wolf of course, when the wolf did come along nobody would believe the Boy and all was lost. What an easy way to nationally discredit any organisation.

Posted by Old John on 26 December 2012 at 08:13

You are all going to look a bit stupid if the investigation does find evidence he was racially abused.

I think it shows your mentality when you think its acceptable to to be abusive to him as long as its not racial.

Posted by Matty1022 on 20 December 2012 at 13:08

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