FA race charges against boys' club

A youth football club has been charged by the FA after some fans allegedly racially abused players at a football match.

Blaby & Whetstone Boys Club FC has been charged by the Leicestershire and Rutland County FA after some of its supporters are said to have abused rival players following an under-15s match at the club's ground against Leicester Nirvana Juniors/Youth FC on October 21.

In a statement released through the Society of Black Lawyers following the incident, a small group of Blaby & Whetstone supporters are alleged to have chanted monkey noises at the opposite team and fans, and used abusive and threatening language.

The local FA said one of the club's players has been charged with improper conduct for alleged racist comments made on Twitter and at the final whistle.

Two players for Nirvana, an inner city football club based in the Spinney Hills and Hamilton area of Leicester, were also charged with improper conduct in relation to comments made on Facebook, said the FA.

The match referee has been charged with two counts of improper conduct for allegedly failing to report disciplinary matters in the match, between the under-15s teams at Warwick Road, Whetstone, and at a previous fixture.

The FA said in a statement it has issued the following charges towards the football club: Failure to ensure no spectators/unauthorised persons encroached on to the pitch; failure to ensure supporters conducted themselves in an orderly fashion; charge 2: It is alleged that spectator(s) used offensive and/or abusive and/or insulting and/or threatening language aggravated by race.

Kirk Master, chairman of Nirvana, said in a statement released in the aftermath of the incident: "The matters listed above are the most graphic that I personally have been made aware of for many years at a junior level. I am disgusted with what I have heard from those in attendance and want some immediate action taken."

Mr Master said the club held an emergency meeting to discuss the matter and would "not under any circumstances allow this behaviour to occur against our players, parents or any other BME person city wide." Each party has until December 13 to respond to the charges.

A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Police said the force was looking into the incident and no arrests had been made.

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