AN investigation could be launched after a visiting player was subjected to alleged racial abuse by Jersey Bulls fans on Saturday.
Cobham FC are understood to have made a formal complaint to the match referee following unsavoury chants from a section of the home crowd, and the matter may now be addressed by league and Football Association representatives.
A Cobham spokesperson said: ‘[This is] sadly a societal issue that all too often rears its ugly head in football [and] highlights that we all have a way to go to eradicate and deal with abuse, platforms for it and the effects after. Our focus now is assisting the welfare of our player.
‘The referee followed the protocol within his power, which was to simply bring it to the attention of the management teams and then the stewards, who then acted. We would like to state that Jersey Bulls did their upmost to look after Cobham and did what was within their powers during the game regarding the use of stewards and even the chairman being on hand.’
Meanwhile, a statement released by Jersey Bulls read: ‘Jersey Bulls FC do not condone offensive behaviour of any kind. We are a community club created for the enjoyment of all. Any allegations of inappropriate or offensive behaviour are taken extremely seriously and we are working with the match officials to investigate them fully.’