Kick It Out statement regarding two high-profile incidents of alleged racist abuse
Kick It Out has released a statement regarding two high-profile incidents of alleged racist abuse which have taken place during its One Game, One Community weeks of action.
Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of Kick It Out, said: “It is of great regret that in Kick It Out’s One Game, One Community weeks of action, backed by all 92 professional clubs, two high-profile incidents of alleged racist abuse have taken place.
“This is worrying and potentially very damaging; what happens at the top end of the game has an impact at grass roots level and at parks pitches across the country.
“Kick It Out condemns discrimination in any form and hopes matters are investigated properly.
“In the meantime, the work Kick It Out does with groups and individuals, including players and fans at professional and community level, will continue in stamping out discrimination and unacceptable behaviour in all its forms.”
An official statement from The FA read: “The FA can confirm it has received a complaint relating to an alleged incident of racist abuse in the QPR versus Chelsea fixture at Loftus Road on 23 October 2011.
“The FA will now begin to make enquiries into this matter. The FA takes seriously any allegations of discrimination and abuse of this type.”
QPR Chaiman, Tony Fernandes, commented: “Queens Park Rangers Football Club does not condone racism in any way, shape or form.
“As a club, we will provide our players with our unequivocal support when alleged incidents like this occur.
“The club has, and will continue to support Kick It Out’s One Game, One Community initiative, football’s equality and inclusion campaign.
“However, we are keen to draw a line under this alleged incident and focus on our forthcoming fixtures, starting with Sunday’s London derby at Spurs.”