North East Wales

FAW probe racism claim at U19s Nomads-Prestatyn football game

Image caption FAW: "the matter will be investigated further"

Claims a youth player was allegedly racially abused in an under-19s game in Flintshire are being investigated by the Football Association of Wales.

The alleged incident occurred during a U19s match between Gap Connah's Quay Nomads and Prestatyn Town at Deeside on Tuesday and led to a player being sent off.

Nomads said they were supporting player Abe Dobson, who was "believed to be the victim of racist abuse".

Prestatyn said they would investigate.

Mr Dobson posted a message on Twitter saying: "Sick of playing in Wales, like the third time I've been called a *****".

The Football Association of Wales said: "The player was sent off for foul and abusive language.

'Appropriate action'

"Because there was a racist element to the foul and abusive language, the matter will be investigated further."

The Nomads issued a statement online saying: "Gap Connah's Quay Nomads FC will not tolerate racist, sectarian or bigoted harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal, and we work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

"At this time we fully support Abe Dobson, who was believed to be the victim of racist abuse in a recent U19 game against Prestatyn Town, however we would prefer to reserve commenting until the FAW has officially released a statement on the situation."

In a separate statement issued via the Prestatyn Town FC website, chief operating officer Leigh Williams said: "We can confirm that the club will take a thorough investigation in to racial allegations involving one of our players.

"The club does not condone racism and we support the FAW's 'Show Racism the Red Card' campaigns."

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