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Police investigate ‘monkey chants’ directed at captain


CUMBRIA POLICE have been contacted after a footballer was allegedly subjected to monkey chants on December 18.

Macclesfield Town captain Nat Brown was allegedly racially abused at Holker Street during a Conference National fixture against Barrow AFC earlier this week.

Both clubs have released statements regarding the incident.

Barrow AFC said: “Following reports to the match referee, David Webb, by the Macclesfield player Nat Brown alleging that he had been subjected to racial abuse and a "monkey chant", the matter was brought to the attention of the Barrow safety officer and head steward, Mike Forsythe.

"As is usual for all referee-reported ‘Extra-ordinary Match Incidents’ the incident will be investigated by Barrow AFC in conjunction, and in full co-operation, with Cumbria Police.

“The match dvd will be made available for scrutinisation and any fans witnessing any racial abuse are urged to come forward with information either to the club or Cumbria Police.


Barrow director, Russell Dodd, added: "We are taking these allegations very seriously. We have been asked by the FA for our version of events and we will investigate and involve Cumbria Police throughout."

Macclesfield Town FC chief executive, John Harris, also commented, adding: “They are serious allegations and there is no place for racism of any kind in sport.

“We will offer any assistance we can to both the police and Barrow AFC in their investigation of this matter.”

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