Pools say racism “will not be tolerated”

Shrewsbury Town striker Marvin Morgan. .Photograph by FRANK REID

Shrewsbury Town striker Marvin Morgan. .Photograph by FRANK REID

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HARTLEPOOL United bosses say they are working with the FA after two Shrewsbury Town players claimed they were racially abused by the club’s supporters.

Shrewsbury Town’s Marvin Morgan and Jermaine Grandison said they were the subject of racist abuse during the first half of the League One match on Saturday, which finished in a 2-2 draw.

The players along, with Shrewbury manager Graham Turner and captain Matt Richards discussed the issue with referee Carl Boyeson at half time, who alerted the FA of the matter in his post-match report.

The FA has now confirmed that it is investigating the claims.

A Pools spokesman said: “Hartlepool United are aware of alleged racial abuse aimed at Shrewsbury Town players Jermaine Grandison and Marvin Morgan during the first half of Saturday’s game at Victoria Park and have been asked by the FA to provide any further information we have concerning the incident.

“The club will do everything possible to help with any external investigation and we are currently carrying out our own internal investigation.

“The club would like to remind supporters that racism in any form will not be tolerated at The Vic, as the club have shown in its ongoing involvement in the Kick It Out campaigns.

“If any supporters do hear any abuse towards individuals of any nature the club requests that you to advise your nearest steward so that appropriate action can be taken.”

A Shrewsbury Town spokesman said the team’s manager, the allegedly abused players and captain Matt Richards were called into the referee’s room where discussion took place at half time on Saturday regarding racial comments directed at the players.

He added: “We understand the referee included the conversations in his match report to the Football League.

“The matter is now subject to a police and FA investigation and no further statements will be made.”