Reds ban fan over racism allegation

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Crawley Town Football Club has banned one of its supporters after fans reported a match official had been racially abused.

Sussex Police is investigating the allegation which was made after the game against Sheffield United at Broadfield Stadium on December 22.

Neither the official nor the referee’s assessor made a complaint on the day.

Crawley Town chief executive Richard Low said: “We are grateful to our supporters who made us aware of this unfortunate incident.

“The person concerned did subsequently come forward and has now been given a ban from the Broadfield Stadium.

“The length of the ban will be ratified once the club has met with the police and our safety officer next week.”

Sergeant Darren Taylor, of Sussex Police, asked for witnesses to get in touch and added: “Incidents of this nature will not be tolerated and will be dealt with robustly. Unfortunately this incident was not brought to the attention of the police during the game, however, a full investigation will now be carried out.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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