Vale defender Exodus Geohaghon in race abuse claim
Port Vale’s Exodus Geohaghon is seeking legal advice after claiming he was racially abused by his own fans during Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley.
The 26-year-old loanee had to be restrained by team-mates and stewards following a confrontation with a group of supporters as he walked off the pitch.
The defender says he reacted angrily after alleging some fans hurled racist comments at him during and after the game.
Geohaghon, who was not involved in Tuesday night’s home clash with Hereford following Saturday’s events, said: “I received a lot of abuse, but it was the racial stuff that made me react.
“People who saw my reaction and say it wasn’t justified didn’t hear what was said. I’ve got to speak with my solicitors and with the club before deciding what to do.”
Geohaghon, who has made 12 appearances for the club, has failed to win over a large section of fans since arriving on loan from Peterborough in January.
The former Kettering defender has been targeted by some fans because of his association with former manager Jim Gannon, who he worked with at Peterborough last season.
His loan deal is set to run out at the end of the season, but Geohaghon will now discuss his future with caretaker boss Mark Grew. “No-one wants to be involved in that type of incident, but nothing is done if these issues aren’t addressed,” added Geohaghon.
“I’ve encountered racist abuse on a couple of occasions in non-league football, but you don’t have to see those people week in, week out.
“This is the first time my own fans have done it and it can’t be tolerated.”
Vale and the FA have launched their own investigations into Saturday’s post-match scenes, which also saw Gannon being led to safety by stewards at the end of the game as a group of fans waited to confront him.
An FA spokesman said: “We are looking into the alleged incidents as part of a preliminary investigation, which is normal practice.
“We’ll speak to both clubs and look at any available evidence before deciding whether we need to investigate the matter further.”