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Crawley Town: Three separate investigations into racism allegations ongoing at League Two club

Crawley manager John Yems was suspended by his employers 10 days ago in light of what the club called "serious and credible" allegations that he used discriminatory language and behaviour against his own players; Crawley, the PFA and FA are conducting separate investigations

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Seven Crawley players have come forward and reported incidents of racist language and behaviour to the PFA.

Crawley manager John Yems was suspended by his employers 10 days ago in light of what the League Two club called "serious and credible" allegations that he used discriminatory language and behaviour against his own players.

Sky Sports News has been told that the PFA has offered counselling and support to those who have raised the allegations or been affected by them.

Three separate investigations by Crawley, the PFA and the FA are ongoing.

John Yems
Image: Manager John Yems has been suspended by Crawley

The club is holding a fans forum at the Broadfield Stadium at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening, with the club's owners, Preston Johnson and Eben Smith, both attending.

An FA spokesperson has told Sky Sports News: "We are aware of allegations made against Crawley Town Manager John Yems.

"We are treating the allegations extremely seriously and are currently conducting an investigation into them. We cannot comment further until that has concluded."

Yems has denied the allegations.

'There is a divide at Crawley'

Sky News reporter Tom Parmenter:

"Given the fact that this club is in the middle of a racism scandal, you might expect it to be top of the agenda for the Fans' Forum that is taking place here in Crawley tonight [Wednesday].

"But actually, the new American owners who are trying to plot their way through these allegations will be quite limited in what they can say and therefore it will not be discussed in great detail, which I'm sure will be a frustration to a number of fans who are deeply concerned as to what has been going on.

"There has been some of the fan base in the games over the last week or two who have been chanting, 'We want our Yems back'. John Yems, the manager, of course. There is a divide I think at this club between those who want to see these allegations thoroughly investigated and acted upon, and those who are loyal to their manager. And the club quite limited actually in what they can say and what can be discussed at tonight's Fans' Forum."

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