Bradford City AFC is working alongside West Yorkshire Police, and appealing for witnesses, after a report of racist abuse during yesterday’s match against AFC Wimbledon.
In second-half stoppage time at the University of Bradford Stadium, the game was temporarily halted after a remark was made from the home end of The Bradford Lifts Stand, towards visiting player Omar Bugiel, which was reported to the match officials.
City are now assisting with police enquiries and reviewing CCTV footage, in an attempt to identify the individual concerned and ensure the strongest-possible action is taken against them.
The 2023/24 season continues to see an increase in the number of racial hate crime instances reported at Valley Parade, with the club issuing a similar statement in November following an incident in our Bristol Street Motors Trophy game against Manchester City Under-21s.
Bradford City AFC would like to take this opportunity to reiterate its stance. We do not tolerate racism, or any form of discrimination, and urge any spectator who may experience or witness any examples of this to report it as quickly and in as much detail as possible, in order to ensure the club is able to suitably act upon it.
Any spectator found to be demonstrating racist abuse or any form of discrimination, will be indefinitely suspended - with information reported to the police - though the likelihood of this being possible is significantly increased, should incidents be reported at the time of their occurrence.
To do so, please contact our confidential matchday texting service - on 07949 814243 - or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The club urges anyone with any information on yesterday afternoon’s events to please contact us, in order to aid West Yorkshire Police’s investigation and ensure the matter is dealt with in the strongest-possible manner.