Northampton Town have confirmed their players were subject to racist abuse in Nottingham before the club’s match with Notts County yesterday. (06/04)
The club confirmed that “a number of the first team squad” were subjected to abuse while the team were on a pre-match walk from the team hotel before the match.
Squad players Timi Elsnik, Sam Foley and David Buchanan all Tweeted about the incident on Saturday. Elsnik was the first to comment, with a Tweet sent around an hour after the final whistle.
He said “Went for a pre match walk with the team in Nottingham and this young man outside the hotel started racially abusing some of our lads. The most disgusting thing I’ve seen&heard!
“He’s done it in front of his girl as well with no shame so he must do it all the time. Absolute idiot!”
In a statement released on Sunday morning, the club confirmed the incident and that they were working with the relevant authorities. They also lead an appeal for potential witnesses to contact the club.
He said, “Northampton Town Football Club confirm that a number of the first team squad were racially abused ahead of Saturday’s game at Notts County.
“The incident occurred in Nottingham as the squad went on their normal pre-match walk from the team hotel before the game.
“We would like to highly commend our players for the professional manner in which they handled the situation and as a club we stand together in condemning such actions.
“We are working with the relevant authorities and have asked anyone with any information about the incident, or possible witnesses, to contact the club.”