SRtRC praise response to incident on Sunday
"It was excellent that the players reported the incident and such swift action was taken by the officials. I look forward to hearing the outcome of Cumbria Police’s investigation."
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive, Show Racism the Red Card
Sunday’s FA Cup fourth round tie between Carlisle United FC and Everton FC saw Everton players Arouna Kone and Steven Pienaar experience racist abuse. The incident occurred just after Arouna Kone opened the scoring in the second minute at Brunton Park.
The players reported the abuse to the referee, who spoke to the managers, Keith Curle and Roberto Martinez and the fourth official. A PA announcement was made reminding those in attendance that racism would not be tolerated. The incident is being investigated by Cumbria Police.
Keith Curle and Roberto Martinez have both spoken out against the incident, both managers having previously campaigned against racism in football and society.
Ged Grebby, SRtRC Chief Executive said of Sunday’s events “It is very sad that a high profile game like this was tarnished by a minority of people. However, it was excellent that the players reported the incident and such swift action was taken by the officials. I look forward to hearing the outcome of Cumbria Police’s investigation.
“Carlisle United FC and Everton FC do a lot of work in their communities to educate against racism, both clubs host an event with SRtRC for young people from local schools annually. Players and managers at both clubs have consistently taken the time to speak out and challenge this issue in society and in football.”