I’m proud of Haringey Borough FC players for refusing to continue their FA Cup tie with Yeovil Town FC in the face of racist abuse from a tiny but vocal minority of travelling “supporters”. Nobody should be subject to racist abuse whilst carrying out their job and nobody should feel they have to put up with it.
Coming only days after the appalling scenes in Bulgaria, it is an unwelcome reminder that racism is a growing menace at all levels of the game right here in the UK.
Haringey has a proud record of standing up against racism and those who seek to divide our diverse community. I hope this shocking event will prove a watershed moment and I have written to the Football Association for urgent assurances that the players will face no action for their legitimate protest and to call on them to take a zero-tolerance approach to stamp out racism across our beautiful game.