Labour MP accuses government of 'emboldening bigotry' after football racism

Mirror Online Politics 0 month ago

Labour MP accuses government of 'emboldening bigotry' after racist abuse led to a grassroots football match being stopped.

Haringey Borough FC walked out of their fourth qualifying round match with Yeovil Town after racist abuse from some opposition fans.

Today the team's MP Catherine West praised manager Tom Loizou for his "courageous decision" to take the players off.

But she also accused the government of allowing a climate where bigotry is unacceptable.

Haringey Borough will replay their abandoned FA Cup tie with Yeovil Town next Tuesday.

The FA Cup fourth qualifying round match was abandoned at the weekend after Haringey walked off the pitch following racial abuse.

Haringey walked off in the 64th minute due to the abuse, with goalkeeper Valery Douglas Pajetat alleging he was spat at, struck by a bottle and subjected to racist abuse, with teammate Cobie Rowe also targeted.

Loizou said that Coby Rowe was targeted by racial abuse from a small number of Yeovil fans, while Haringey's Cameroonian goalkeeper Valery Douglas Pajetat was also reportedly spat at and hit by an object from the away end.

Haringey Borough goalkeeper Pajetat reported being spat at and racially abused

The Football Association said it was "deeply concerned" about the allegation of discrimination at the FA Cup tie and has launched an investigation into the incident.

Boris Johnson hit back at the accusations

Catherine West said: "Last Saturday the Haringey Football club players experienced racist slurs, were spat upon and experienced the most disgusting behaviour during a grassroots football match.

"Will the Prime Minister congratulate the manager Tom Loizou for taking the players off which is a very courageous decision and can he explain to the House why bigotry has currently been emboldened under the current government?"

Tory MPs reacted with anger to her comments and several could be heard to yell "what about anti-Semitism" in reference to Labour's own crisis.

The match was cancelled because of racism

The Prime Minister replied: "I was with the honorable lady until her last point."

"I certainly think that racism in football is utterly disgusting and should be stamped out at every opportunity.


"She will have seen what happened in Bulgaria.

"I'm delighted to say that the head of the Bulgarian association was dismissed from his position as a result of what happened in that match.

"We will certainly be making sure we do everything we can to stamp out racism of any kind wherever it takes place in our society - and whatever form it takes."

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