Former Clarets Keeper Tony Aghayere Racially Abused
The North West Counties League match between Congleton Town and Padiham Football Club was today abandoned due to the alleged racial abuse of former Clarets and current Padiham goalkeeper Tony Aghayere.
The referee stopped the game in the second half and removed the Padiham players from the pitch with Congleton leading 3-0, this is the first case in English football that players have been taken from the pitch because of racial abuse and in my view its way overdue.
On top of the racial abuse, several players had their wallets emptied in a clear security breach of the visitors changing rooms. The home side Congleton Town have reported the alleged racially-motivated abuse and theft to Cheshire Police.
Padiham Football Club made a statement via their Twitter accounts saying, “Our players were removed from the pitch today due to racial abuse aimed at our goalkeeper, plus a number of players wallets being emptied in the changing rooms during the game. We would like to state that the players & staff of Congleton FC have acted with class & we’ll act together to ensure this is eradicated from our game.”
A statement on the North West Counties League website said, “The league is investigating the matter and will work with both clubs and relevant authorities. We take any matters of this nature extremely seriously and abuse of any nature will not be tolerated.”
Following the investigating the North West Counties League and the FA will have to make some tough decision which could set the standard as to how future racial abuse cases will be handled, whilst taking steps to ensure that these disgusting situations never happens again in English football.