Pools fans embroiled in race row

Shrewsbury Town player Marvin Morgan talks to the referee during Saturday's game with Hartlepool United at Victoria Park
Shrewsbury Town player Marvin Morgan talks to the referee during Saturday's game with Hartlepool United at Victoria Park

AN investigation has been launched after two footballers claimed they were racially abused at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park at the weekend.

Marvin Morgan, who scored both goals for Shrewsbury in the 2-2 draw with Pools on Saturday, took to Twitter almost immediately after the game and said both he and his team-mate Jermaine Grandison were subjected to racist abuse from the terraces.

The 29-year-old striker said he was “disappointed and angry” by the remarks, which were alleged to have been made in the first half of the match at Victoria Park.

The FA confirmed it was aware of the matter and has now launched an investigation.

The Hartlepool Mail contacted Marvin Morgan after he tweeted over the weekend.

But he said he wasn’t allowed to speak about the matter and said his club would be 
dealing with the matter on his behalf.

A Shrewsbury Town spokesman said: “Shrewsbury Town FC can confirm that Graham Turner and players Marvin Morgan, Jermaine Grandison 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.

“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.”

Morgan revealed he had been targeted when he sent a tweet as he and his team-mates made their way back to Shropshire.

He said the comments made to Grandison was “something terrible too and very upsetting”.

A later tweet read: “Thank you for the support both incidents are in the referee’s report but very disappointed and angry.”

Shrewsbury Town and Hartlepool United fans then sent the player tweets expressing their anger at the abuse.

PC Mick Hume, Hartlepool Police’s football intelligence officer, said: “We are aware of the inciden.

“But the full details are not yet known and an investigation is underway.

“We will be working closely with the football club as part of the investigation, while our counterparts in West Mercia will deal directly with the players from Shrewsbury Town.”

A spokesman for Hartlepool United 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 advise your nearest steward so that appropriate action can be taken.”