Racism claim investigated after FA Cup tie
Barrow have said they will investigate allegations that Macclesfield captain Nat Brown was racially abused by fans during yesterday’s FA Cup game.
Speaking after the second-round tie at Holker Street, which ended 1-1, Macclesfield boss Steve King complained that Brown had been called “a monkey”.
The incident is likely to be included in referee David Webb’s report.
“It’s just unacceptable and it will be looked into,” Barrow chairman Brian Keen told BBC Radio Cumbria.
“The results will be known to people once we find out who or what it was. We at Barrow won’t have it and we will look into it really seriously.”
King claimed defender Brown, 31, was the subject of racial abuse as he made his way onto the field for the second half.
He said: “He got called a monkey by some of the fans behind the goal. He said to the ref ‘he’s called me a monkey’ and that’s not acceptable.
“I heard it when I was coming out with Nat. It seems to be happening everywhere.
“It’s up to ‘Browny’ [if he wants to take it further]. He said to leave it, but the referee wants to report it because it’s not acceptable. We’re in 2012 – what’s all that about?”
Barrow assistant manager Ashley Hoskin was just as annoyed, adding: “I know the club will take a firm stance on anyone shouting what was allegedly shouted.
“It was their manager who came over and said that someone from the crowd had shouted something to one of their players.
“If that’s the case, it’s not acceptable in football and it’s not acceptable in any walk of life. It’s disappointing if that’s happened.”
From BBC Sport