DESPITE THE ‘No Room for Racism’ campaign, football has been blighted by racism as an FA Cup tie was abandoned after Haringey Borough’s manager took his team off the field amid accusations of racism, bottle throwing and spitting.
The home side’s keeper Valery Douglas Pajetat was reportedly spat at and hit by an object thrown from the stands.
Defender Coby Rowe was then “racially abused”, according to Haringey boss Tom Loizou, who said “there was no way I could let him continue”.
“If we get punished and thrown out, I don’t care,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
The match, played at Haringey’s home ground Coles Park Stadium, was in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup, with the winner set to progress to the first-round proper.
“It’s very distressing,” said Loizou. “The abuse a few of my players got was disgusting.
The ‘No Room for Racism’ campaign is the brainchild of the Premier League.
‘If you see it, report it’ is the message to match-going fans, accompanying the launch of the No Room For Racism campaign.
The incident involving Haringey Borough comes just days after England’s players halted their fixture against Bulgaria after abuse in Sofia.