Kick it Out demand strong sanctions after latest abuse claims
Last Updated: 05/08/19 6:30pm
Kick It Out has called on the Football Association and clubs to take action against the "disgraceful" incidents of abuse which marred the opening weekend of the Football League season.
The London club are investigating the matter and have vowed to take "the strongest possible action".
Meanwhile, Southend striker Theo Robinson claimed he was a target of racist abuse from a fan sitting near his family and friends at Coventry.
Kick It Out also said James McClean of Stoke and Barnsley's Bambo Diaby were subjected to abuse.
The anti-discrimination body said: "On the first weekend of the season, these incidents should be a reminder for everyone in football that racism and discrimination cannot be ignored.
"Clubs and the football authorities must be relentless in calling out this disgraceful behaviour, and be prepared to issue strong sanctions and education sessions to any supporter involved.
"We have contacted the clubs to offer our support to the players, are liaising with the police and have informed the FA of all the incidents, so that whoever is responsible can be brought to justice.
"Discrimination casts a shadow over football in this country, and we will not stop highlighting the problem while it remains rife in the game."
To the Fulham fan that decided to hit my sister at the game today and his wife who justified his action with racist remarks I hope your proud of yourself and feel like a big man. You’ll get what’s coming to you. Regardless how you felt about the result your actions are shameful🤬— Cyrus Christie (@cyruschristie) August 3, 2019
The Fulham Supporters' Trust said it was "shocked" to hear of the alleged abuse directed at Christie's sister.
It added: "We condemn any such behaviour unequivocally and encourage anyone who witnessed the incident to contact the club or the police with details.
"We would particularly like Cyrus and his family to know that as Fulham fans we won't tolerate any form of discriminatory behaviour at our club."