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Barrow AFC: ‘No place for racism here’

BARROW AFC has defended its reputation by stressing the club has gone to great lengths to back the national campaign to rid football of racism.

Following the club’s 1-1 draw with Macclesfield in the second round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night, Macclesfield manager Steve King claimed a fan called his captain Nat Brown, 31, a “monkey” before the start of the second half.

Mr Brown alleged to match referee, David Webb, he had been subjected to racial abuse and a “monkey chant” and the matter was brought to the attention of the Barrow AFC safety officer and head steward, Mike Forsythe.

The incident at Furness Building Society Stadium is now being investigated by Barrow AFC in co-operation with Cumbria Constabulary.

Barrow AFC confirmed the match DVD would be made available for scrutiny and any fans who witnessed any racial abuse have been urged to come forward with information, either to the club or the police.

Russell Dodd, Barrow AFC secretary/director, said the club was taking the allegation “very seriously”, but wished to point out the club’s good work on the Kick It Out Campaign and the fans’ “superb” general behaviour.

He said: “We have been asked by the FA for our version of events and we will investigate and involve Cumbria Police throughout.

“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 said: “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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