Puritans player faces racist comments at Royston
Banbury United's away game marred by display of racism
Banbury United faced Royston Town on Saturday in a fixture that was marred by racist comments made against one of Banbury’s squad.
In a statement issued by the Club they say “The alleged perpetrator was identified and swiftly escorted from the ground thanks to prompt action by Royston officials”.
Speaking after the game, Banbury United’s Manager Mike Ford told Puritans Radio, “There was something that was said that was absolutely disgusting… It was completely unacceptable; very racist and very, very disappointing to hear”.
Mr Ford is understood to have spoken to the referee about the matter, but the referee felt there wasn’t much he could do about it.
Match hosts Royson Town said, “Following an incident during yesterday’s game against Banbury United, Royston Town FC would like to make it clear that the club does not and will not accept racism or discrimination in any form. Rest assured, we take any such incidents extremely seriously and shall take the strongest possible action against any individual found to be behaving in such a way, including stadium bans”.
“The Club will fully investigate the incident and upon conclusion, will take the necessary action against the individual. In line with the FA’s protocol, the individual concerned was immediately ejected from the ground by Royston Town FC officials”.
On Saturday a Banbury United spokesman said, “The club condemn the behaviour of a spectator at today’s game at Royston Town who directed a racist comment at one of our players”.
“There is of course no place for racism in football or any part of society. It is abhorrent. The home club have assured us that they will take further action and will advise us of this. The incident will be included in the match officials’ report”.
Banbury United’s Manager Mike Ford said, “Whoever that person is needs to be brought to justice”.
Royston Town say no further public comment will be made until investigations are completed.
The match finished a one-nil defeat for the Puritans.
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam