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2 held over racism that forced match abandonment

Two men have been arrested over alleged racist abuse that forced Saturday’s FA Cup qualifier between Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town to be abandoned.

Haringey manager Tom Loizou said defender Coby Rowe suffered racial abuse while Cameroon goalkeeper Douglas Pajetat was also spat at.

Metropolitan Police said yesterday that two men, aged 23 and 26, have been detained on suspicion of racially aggravated common assault.

Both sides left the field after 64 minutes when Rowe and Pajetat were abused shortly after Yeovil took a 1-0 lead.

“I was angry and upset, so wasn’t really paying attention to what else was going on around me, then I felt someone pull me and it was my manager,” Rowe told the Daily Mail.

“He said, ‘We are all going off, we are not playing any more’. Yeovil agreed and we left the pitch as one.”

Haringey, which plays in the seventh tier Isthmian League Premier Division, and Yeovil, which is in the fifth tier National League, are just the latest clubs to be caught up in a racism storm.

Hearts and Bristol City, meanwhile, have started investigations following allegations of racist abuse involving their fans during the weekend.

In the Scottish capital Edinburgh, Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos was alleged to have been targeted after scoring a 39th-minute equalizer in front of Hearts support during their 1-1 draw at Tynecastle on Sunday.

The Scottish top-tier team said it would hand out indefinite bans to anyone found guilty. “It goes without saying that Heart of Midlothian Football Club utterly condemns any form of racism and any individuals found guilty of such an offence will face an indefinite ban from Tynecastle Park,” it said in a statement.

Bristol City also said it would take action after claims racist language was used by its fans during a 0-3 defeat at Luton Town in England’s League Championship on Saturday.


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