Richard Offiong claims he received racist abuse from a Colwyn Bay opponent during Saturday's match
Richard Offiong, striker for Blyth Spartans FC, has spoken out on Twitter about the alleged racism he received in Saturday's match against Colwyn Bay. He claimed an opposition player abused him during the game, saying, "Where's your bunch of bananas" and, "Show me your passport".
He has made an official complaint to the FA following the incident and thanked his fans and fellow teammates for their support.
Sunil Patel, Campaign Manager for Show Racism the Red Card Wales says:
"We welcome Richard's decision to report this incident; there is no place for racism in football or society and it is important that we make a stand against racism whenever it occurs. The campaign in Wales has been instrumental in implementing the FAW Fair Play Code and we have just had our most successful Fortnight of Action in Wales with hundreds of players involved. This allegation demonstrates how important it is that we continue to fight against racism and we are disappointed to hear of the abuse Offiong is said to have received."
Offiong spoke to the Jarrow and Hebburn Gazette, saying:
“I didn’t want to brush it off, especially with what’s happened recently. You don’t want to hear that anywhere, whether it’s on a football field, or on the street. If there’s something you can do, you want to do it.
"It’s not about me personally, it could have happened to anyone in the street, or my mum going to the shops. Hopefully, the powers that be will act accordingly.”
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) have received Richard's report and are launching an investigation into the alleged incident.