Sheffield United and Tottenham condemn ‘racist, abusive and threatening’ messages sent to goalkeeper Wes Foderingham
Sheffield United and Tottenham have condemned the ‘racist, abusive and threatening’ messages sent to their goalkeeper Wes Foderingham after Saturday’s match. Spurs came from behind in injury time to beat Sheffield United 2-1 in north London on Saturday afternoon, but Foderingham revealed after the contest that he had been abused online.
The goalkeeper wrote on Instagram: ‘I don’t mind opposition fans calling me every name under the sun. But be easy with the racism and family threats. Think before you type.’
Sheffield United’s Statement
In a statement on Sunday, Foderingham’s club wrote: ‘Sheffield United condemn the racist, abusive and threatening messages that have been sent to Wes Foderingham after yesterday’s game against Spurs.
‘The club will now work with relevant bodies to investigate and support Wes. There is no room for racism in our game.’
Tottenham’s own statement read: ‘We are disgusted to hear of racist, abusive and threatening messages sent to Wes Foderingham following yesterday’s match.
‘The Club stands firmly against all forms of discrimination and will cooperate fully with Sheffield United and the relevant bodies in their investigations.
‘We shall not hesitate in taking the strongest possible action, including Club bans, against any so-called fan found responsible.’
Racism in Football
Racism in football is an issue that has been prevalent for many years. In recent times, there have been numerous incidents of racism in football, from players being subjected to racial abuse from fans to players being racially abused by other players. Racism has no place in football and it is important that all clubs take a stand against it.
The Football Association (FA) has taken steps to tackle racism in football, including introducing a three-step protocol for dealing with incidents of racism. This includes identifying the offender, taking appropriate action and ensuring that the incident is reported to the police. The FA also has a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and has introduced a number of initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion in football.
It is clear that racism has no place in football and it is encouraging to see both Sheffield United and Tottenham taking a stand against it. It is important that all clubs take a stand against racism and ensure that they are doing all they can to promote diversity and inclusion in football.
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