Football club and police investigating incident, PFA Chairman Ritchie Humphreys speaks out
"My teammates and I witnessed at the end of the game today racial abuse directed towards our players. Disgusting and inexcusable"
Ritchie Humphreys, PFA Chairman & Chesterfield FC player
The Chairman of the PFA and supporter of the Show Racism the Red Card, Ritchie Humphreys has spoken out about an incident of alleged racist abuse aimed at Chesterfield players after Saturday’s game at Port Vale.
As the Stoke Sentinel has reported at least one Vale supporter racially abused Chesterfield striker Armand Gnanduillet as the teams left the pitch.
Police and the football club are now investigating to identify the perpetrator who shouted abuse and monkey chants at the visitors following Chesterfield’s 2-1 victory.
Ritchie Humphreys was at the game and tweeted "My teammates and I witnessed at the end of the game today racial abuse directed towards our players. Disgusting and inexcusable"
Ritchie confirmed that he reported the abuse to the referee and Staffordshire Police. He also informed the PFA and spoke to Kick It Out about the incident.
Port Vale FC supports the SRtRC campaign and hosted an educational event for young people from local schools last season.
The Port Vale Chairman Norman Smurthwaite says he won’t tolerate racism at Vale Park. He said ““Anyone found guilty of racist behaviour will be dealt with appropriately by the police and the club. The club will issue a lifetime ban to anyone found guilty.
“The top and bottom of it is if that any fan makes racist chants towards anyone then they have no place at Port Vale.
“I won’t tolerate behaviour like that and I don’t want bigoted or racist behaviour at this club.”
The chairman of Vale supporters club Ally Simcock waited to speak to Armand after the game. She said “I waited outside to speak to him and apologised on behalf of Vale supporters. He said he appreciated that.
“At the time, I could see it was a serious issue by the way the players reacted.”
Simcock said racist behaviour damages the reputation of the club.
She added: “It would be wrong of me to say it is not a problem. I think every club has a problem caused by odd individuals, but one incident is one too many.”