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Amateur cup final abandoned due to racist abuse

2019-04-04 19:31

London - An English amateur cup final was abandoned 12 minutes before the end of the match on Wednesday after alleged racist remarks from the crowd.

The Saturday Vase Final between FC Wymeswold and Cosby United, watched by around 200 people, is being investigated by the Leicestershire and Rutland County FA, who said they would take the "necessary discipline action".

Linford Harris, the Wymeswold player who allegedly received the racist abuse tweeted: "So sorry to witness and suffer such racism in this day and age, thanks everyone for the support.

"Appreciate everyone standing behind me. WE ARE ALL EQUAL. #SayNoToRacism."

Leicestershire Police said no official complaint had been made to them about the incident.

A number of racist incidents of late at the top level of European football has seen rising calls for games to be halted when such abuse takes place.

England players were targeted during a recent 5-1 win in Montenegro, while Juventus teenager Moise Kean took a stand against racist abuse after scoring against Cagliari on Tuesday.

"The best way to respond to racism," Kean posted on Instagram.

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