We are deeply saddened that such an overt act of racism is alleged to have taken place immediately after anti-racism match actions within Scottish Junior Football during the Fortnight of Action. We hope that the SJFA will work with us in ensuring that incidents like these have no place either on or off the pitch.
Nicola Hay, Campaign Manager
On Saturday the 12th of December 2015, it came to light that Clydebank FC defender Joel Kasubani suffered racial abuse during a match against Kilwinning Rangers. What is even more shocking, was that the racial abuse occurred immediately after both teams stood in unity and held up Red Card’s stating ‘Show Racism the Red Card’.
This incident came to our attention after Clydebank FC player Hashim Cole revealed to the Daily Record how players held up anti-racism cards during the Fortnight of Action initiative and then moments later Cole’s teammate Joel was allegedly called a n****r by a Kilwinning Rangers player.
We are deeply saddened to hear of any racial abuse taking place during what was meant to be a show of solidarity against racism amongst Scottish Teams so as to create a fairer and equal society.
Within the article Cole went on to state that he feels that the amount of racism within Scottish Junior Football is still too prevalent, having suffered racial abuse himself a number of times during matches.
Sadly, the Kilwinning incident however, was never reported to the referee and as a result never commenced through the appropriate disciplinary channels.
In this light, SRtRC calls on all players and the general public to please report hate crime incidents either to us as a third party reporting centre, match officials or referees within the game. Hate Crimes can also be reported to Police Scotland on 101.
SRtRC Scotland is currently in talks with the SJFA regarding racism in football and how we can be of assistance in tackling racism within the game.
You can read the full article from the Daily Record below: