Racial abuse claim reported at Alfreton Town's match with Kidderminster Harriers
KIDDERMINSTER Harriers have reported a complaint that one of their players was racially abused during Saturday’s match with Alfreton Town.
Former Ilkeston Town striker Amari Morgan-Smith claims he was targeted during the Blue Square Bet Premier fixture at Aggborough.
West Mercia Police and the Football Associated have been informed of the incident, while both clubs are co-operating with enquiries.
"Kidderminster Harriers Football Club can regretfully confirm the receipt of a complaint of racial abuse during Saturday afternoon’s fixture against Alfreton Town at Aggborough," said a club statement.
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"The complaint of abuse – which was of a personal nature – was reported by a Kidderminster player during the first half of the game and emanated from the away end of the stadium housing Alfreton Town supporters.
"Kidderminster Harriers has a long and proud tradition as a family club and strongly enforces a zero-tolerance policy on racism and indeed all forms of abuse.
"Behaviour of this type from any fan attending matches at Aggborough as a Harriers supporter or a visiting spectator is wholly unacceptable.
"At this stage, the Police and the Football Association are all being consulted and the club are co-operating in the fullest with enquiries being made.
"We would ask that any supporter who may have heard or witnessed the incident kindly get in touch with the club as soon as possible to share any information at all they may have.
"We must also add that the club is in receipt of the full co-operation of Alfreton Town Football Club’s staff and directors and this is appreciated."
After the game, which Harriers won 3-1, 23-year-old Morgan-Smith – on loan from Macclesfield Town – tweeted: "So was racially abused today when will this stuff stop! A little downer after a good win."
Anyone with any information about the incident should contact PC Stockton on 0300 3333000 (extension 3946).