Newark FC investigates allegation of alleged racist behaviour reported in FA Vase clash with Walsall Wood
An allegation of alleged racist behaviour was reported to Newark FC following their FA Vase clash with Walsall Wood.
The club was made aware of the alleged offence, which was reported to the match officials during the game, after the final whistle.
Newark FC has postponed its next two fixtures over the festive period while it investigates.
A spokesman for Newark FC said: “Due to Newark FC receiving allegations of racist behaviour by our supporters towards Walsall Wood FC players, the club has decided to postpone the next two games until the incident is fully investigated and resolved.
“Racism will not be tolerated in any form and will not be accepted at Newark FC.
“We apologise to anyone offended, and to our own players too.
“If it is proven who the offender(s) is, they will receive a lifetime ban from Lowfields.”
Newark joint-manager Steven Kirkham posted a message to Twitter the following morning (Sunday).
He said: “These views are my own and not those of Newark Football Club.
“Firstly, I would like to apologise to Walsall Wood Football Club, Darren Byfield (manager of Walsall Wood) his staff and the the players.
“Racism is a subject that sits closely to my heart.
“There clearly is an issue and first and foremost this must be accepted before we can start to address it.
“In the short-term I will be speaking to all of our players and the coaching staff, and I will be putting forward a list of changes to the chairman and committee that will hopefully educate and eradicate future occurrences.
“We must not lose sight that the majority of our fan base is fantastic, however, I personally do not want to manage a football club that is associated with this behaviour and I will do everything in my power to ensure that the correct measures are taken.
“Racism will not be tolerated.”
Kirkham’s managerial partner Craig Roche said: “We, as management, players and as a team together, are determined to stand up.
“This will not be tolerated and we will not ignore it.”
Byfield, manager of Walsall Wood, posted a series of tweets in response to the incident.
He claimed ‘a small minority of racist Newark fans’ called his players ‘monkeys and black b*****ds’.
Newark FC have confirmed a full investigation is on-going.