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Non-league London footballers walk off pitch after 'racist abuse' is yelled from stands of r


Haringey Borough football players walked off the pitch in an FA Cup qualifier in North London after fans allegedly hurled racist abuse at players, forcing the abandonment of the match.

Their fourth round tie against Yeovil Town had been delayed by 15 minutes when fans took to social media claiming that the opponent's fans had made racial insults at the home team.

The Football Association has already launched an investigation, saying it was 'deeply concerned' by the incident. The Metropolitan Police are also looking into the allegations.

It comes after England players were subjected to shocking racial abuse in a match against Bulgaria during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia.

The Haringey home players walked off the field 64 minutes in, led by Haringey Borough manager Tom Loizou, shortly after Yeovil had scored. Loizou later described the incident as 'very distressing'.

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'Sorry for the late update but wanted to make sure we gave correct information,' said a post on the official Haringey Borough Twitter account.

'Game has been abandoned following racial abuse. Horrendous afternoon. It must be said that 99.9% of @YTFC (Yeovil Town) fans are also disgusted by what's happened as much as we are. One club, one community.'

Yeovil were leading 1-0 when Haringey's players walked off the field.

A speakerphone announcement said: 'No comment on what has happened on the pitch, but we ask that no Haringey supporter abuses any Yeovil player or supporter.'

Loizou said defender Coby Rowe suffered racial abuse by a small minority of supporters while Cameroonian goalkeeper Douglas Pajetat was also spat at, prompting him to pull his players off after 64 minutes of the fourth-round qualifying tie.

Loizou told Sky Sports News: 'Early into the second half, we got a corner and a couple of the players said to me there was monkey chants.

'We got over that, we carried on playing. They got a penalty and my goalkeeper was spat at and had missiles thrown at him.

'The referee halted the game briefly, they scored the penalty, one of players went to pick the ball out of the back of the net and Coby Rowe was racially abused.

'We tried to calm the supporters down but more balls were thrown on to the pitch. The referee was a bit indecisive as to what to do.

'I looked at a couple of our players' faces and I was distraught myself, just to see their faces. I gave it a couple of minutes and I went on the pitch and pulled my players off.

'There was no way that two or three of those players could have continued playing. What they heard was disgusting, they looked frightened.

'I can't sit down and watch young players being abused by a minority.'

Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town players return to the dressing rooms following an apparent incident of racism

Via Daily Mail

My view: When they get these people who shout this abuse ,they should lock them up. I can't understand why there are still people like this in the world. All teams should be walking off pitch.

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