Dundee United launch investigation into ‘racist shout aimed at Jeando Fuchs’

DUNDEE UNITED have launched an investigation into an alleged racial shout directed at Jeando Fuchs from the away end at Tannadice.

Arabs boss Tam Courts made his feelings clear after the final whistle, by hoisting a red Show Racism the Red Card t-shirt in front of the travelling County supporters.

The alleged incident occurred after the only goal in the Premiership clash, courtesy of Ilmari Niskanen on the half-hour mark.

Fuchs approached the United bench in in the midst of the celebrations to inform the fourth official, Mike Roncone, of the alleged comment from that section of the crowd.

After consulting with whistler Don Robertson, the United players appeared to rally round their team-mate – with Peter Pawlett in particular putting an arm around the midfielder.

The clubs then discussed the situation with Don Robertson at half-time.

Arabs No.2 Liam Fox spoke after the match, admitting he didn’t see Courts hold the t-shirt in front of the County fans.

He said: “I didn’t actually see it, I was busy congratulating the players on the victory.

“The club are looking into an accusation and if there’s anything on that you’ll be among the first to know. I didn’t see (Courts coming out with the T-shirt). The conversation we had with Jeando will remain private until there’s an investigation.

“That (players consoling Fuchs) probably tells you more about this group of players and how close they are. They all want to look out for each other and protect each other.

“As a club that’s something we’re extremely proud of, that the players are a tightknit group. Jeando’s performance for the rest of the game was absolutely outstanding. I would rather speak about that.”

Ross County have countered the claim, however, with manager Malky MacKay revealing that there was confusion as to what was allegedly said.

He commented: “It appears something was shouted from the stand.

“There has been confusion to what that was because our chief executive and members of the Dundee United staff were in seeing the referee at half-time.

“There had been authorities seeing where our fans were. It appears it was a swear word, that’s coming from Dundee United stewards who are in among them.

“It appears it was misheard from the pitch. People have said it was a swear word.”

On Courts’ actions post-match, he added: “I thought it was an interesting thing to do considering he doesn’t know exactly what has happened, neither do I.

“It is clearly premeditated because that red t-shirt isn’t sitting on the bench, so considering at half-time that was being explained to both clubs.

“For a manager to do that it was an interesting situation and something that was an interesting judgement call to make.”

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