Bradford City AFC is working alongside Chesterfield FC and The FA - and will assist with police enquiries - after racist abuse was directed towards City players during yesterday’s match at the Technique Stadium.
In the first half of the pre-season contest, City substitutes were subjected to discriminatory remarks, and a spectator in the home stand subsequently left the stadium after play was suspended for a period.
Following the game, the incident was formally reported to the match officials, with all parties involved now taking the matter further to ensure the individual concerned faces the strongest-possible action.
City’s chief executive officer, Ryan Sparks, said: “I spoke at length last night with the players subjected to the disgusting slurs from a spectator in the home stand. We understand Derbyshire Police are investigating the situation, and we will assist accordingly.
“I would like to thank Chesterfield’s chief executive, John Croot, who has been extremely supportive since the incident. I am confident the individual will face the strongest-possible consequences, as a result of their repulsive actions.
“These events are a reminder of the amount of work that still needs to be done, in order to remove this kind of behaviour from society. There is absolutely no place for it, and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect any member of our staff from discrimination.
“Our players have our full support, and we stand shoulder to shoulder with them in collective attempts to eradicate all forms of discrimination.”
Bradford City AFC does not tolerate racism, or any form of discrimination.