Notts County coaches quit as club investigates racism allegations
Two Notts County coaches have quit the club after allegations of racist behaviour.
The claims were made by two trainees at the League One side, who made official complaints.
They were backed up by several other trainees, both black and white.
One of the allegations was that one coach, Brett Adams, had thrown a banana – with “f*** off” written on it – to a black youth player and then said: “F*** off and eat it.”
It was also claimed that Lead Foundation coach Lee Broster walked into a changing room while the players were listening to rap music and said: “No wonder you black lads always go around stabbing people when you listen to music like that.”
Broster is also alleged to have walked into a room, switched off a light and said: “Make sure you black lads smile so I can see you.”
The club launched a full investigation after the protests were made to them last month.
They found that the black complainants had the backing of their white colleagues.
In statements, one player claims to have been shocked at what he had witnessed.
A hearing was convened by the club last week and, after a second hearing on Friday, the club announced the two coaches had left.
A statement said: “Brett Adams and Lee Broster have resigned from their positions at the club as Youth Coach and Lead Foundation Coach respectively.
“We thank them for their service and wish them every success for the future.”
Prior to Friday’s hearing, a Notts County spokesman told Mirror Sport: “Unfortunately, as the questions that you have raised relate to an on-going employment issue, the club are unable to make any comment on the matter at the current time.”
Two meetings were held between the trainees and the club’s HR manager, Chantelle Gibson, to discuss the allegations, on April 2 and April 18.
In statements, one player expresses his concern that he could be released for speaking out but is willing to risk it as he feels the treatment he is receiving is unacceptable.
Notts County’s manager, Chris Kiwomya, is black. There is no suggestion however that he is aware of any of the incidents.
Adams and Broster were unavailable for comment.
From Daily Mirror