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Coventry City 'shocked and saddened' by reported racist gesture towards Kasey Palmer

Coventry Editorial 22nd Jan, 2024   0

COVENTRY City said it is ‘shocked and saddened’ by an apparent racist gesture made towards Sky Blues midfielder Kasey Palmer during Saturday’s game against Sheffield Wednesday.

The club said it would work with the relevant authorities following the reported incident.

The Sky Blues said it expects action to be taken against any supporter identified.

Coventry City owner Doug King said: “We completely condemn the abuse aimed at Kasey today and will support him following this incident.

“There is no place for this in football or society and we support Sheffield Wednesday and the authorities in taking the strongest possible action.”

Speaking following Saturday’s 2-1 win, Coventry City boss Mark Robins added: “There’s been a ridiculous few people that have decided to do whatever they’ve done and they’ve made some racist remarks or comments.

“It will be dealt with and hopefully they’ll get it on camera and they’ll deal with them.

“There’s just no place for it. It’s ridiculous in this day and age, just grow up.”

Professional Football Association (PFA) chair Omar Beckles released a statement calling for ‘real, consistent and significant consequences’ for racist abuse.

“We want these consequences for both the individuals who are responsible and for clubs who fail to get a grip of the issue within their stadiums.

“The reality is that players don’t believe this is happening.

“The responsibility for what happens next lies with the authorities.

“Kasey Palmer deserves to be commended for his exemplary behaviour and measured response in an extremely challenging situation.

“Those responsible for this incident were recorded, and they must be identified.

“They should face criminal charges and a ban from football.

“The PFA remains resolute against racism and steadfast in supporting our players.”


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