Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

English FA Cup game ends due to racist abuse

English FA Cup game ends due to racist abuse

The Haringey Borough manager who hauled his team off the pitch after racist abuse during an FA Cup qualifier says the incident is the latest in a long line of attacks against his black players.

The Football Association swiftly released a statement saying it was looking into the incident "as a matter of urgency".

Haringey manager Tom Loizou said defender Coby Rowe suffered racial abuse while Cameroonian goalkeeper Douglas Pajetat was also spat at, prompting him to take his players off the pitch.

"The penalty was taken and the Haringey manager marched straight on and withdrew his players as this was happening".

"Game has been abandoned following racial abuse".

"The abuse a few of my players got was disgusting", Loizou said.

England forward Raheem Sterling retweeted a news report about the Haringey players walking off and posted the message "more of this", accompanied by two hands clapping emojis. "If we get thrown out of the FA Cup and they go through, there [are] no hard feelings there", he added.

"I looked at a couple of our players' faces and I was distraught myself, just to see their faces".

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Football's anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out declared in a statement: "These reports of alleged racist abuse aimed at goalkeeper Valery Douglas Pajetat yet again means players are continuing to receive discriminatory abuse while doing their job".

"We are deeply concerned about the allegation of discrimination from an area of the crowd towards a player during the FA Cup fourth round qualifying match between Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town, which resulted in the fixture being abandoned", said the governing body.

The club tweeted after the match to confirm it had been abandoned.

UEFA charged Bulgaria in the aftermath of Monday's match, referencing chants and Nazi salutes that were caught on camera.

England and Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings, who was racially abused in Bulgaria on Tuesday, praised Haringey's response and said: "Our country isn't ideal either". Our country isn't flawless either'.

After the team's dramatic walk off, Kick It Out, which recorded 442 cases of discriminatory abuse including homophobia, anti-semitism and Islamophobia last season, praised Loizou's "decisive action", comparing the response to England's defiant stance against the racists in Bulgaria.

"I can't sit down and watch young players being abused by a minority".

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