Dundee United submit findings into ‘racist abuse’ of Jeando Fuchs to SPFL & police

DUNDEE UNITED have submitted their findings after an investigation of alleged racist abuse of Jeando Fuchs to the SPFL and Police Scotland.

The club carried out a “rigorous and full investigation” after Fuchs was allegedly racially abused by fans during the match against Ross County.

United say they have attempted to identify the person or persons responsible after the alleged incident earlier in the month.

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 reportedly from the section of the ground occupied by County supporters.

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

However Ross County released a statement claiming no racist language was used, but stated “swearing and foul language” had been heard.

A Dundee United statement read: “Dundee United have completed a rigorous and full investigation into the allegation of racial abuse towards Jeando Fuchs and also attempted to identify the person(s) responsible.

“Our findings have been passed onto the SPFL and Police Scotland and we await any further update. We would like to thank supporters of both clubs who came forward voluntarily to provide valuable and significant detailed information about the incident. We also thank the match officials for their professional and compassionate handling of the incident. 

“Jeando was visibly upset by what he heard and has been fully supported by the Club throughout the process. He would like to express his gratitude to everyone who has shown support to him and his family. 

“We find racism and all forms of discriminatory behaviour towards players, staff, officials and/or spectators completely unacceptable and in any instance when one of our players feels the need to approach the bench and/or the officials to complain about racial comments, we will investigate fully. 

“Dundee United will continue to stand up against racist behaviour and will use our privileged position as a leading community club to spread the message that football is for all. Whether by taking the knee, education through diversity training, supporting the month of action by SRTRC or by simply raising a ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ t-shirt, we will do what we think is right to raise awareness that racism is simply not acceptable.”

An earlier statement from County CEO Steven Ferguson read: “During the end of the first half and for the vast majority of the second half our Safety Officer engaged with his Dundee United counterpart, Dundee United stewards and Ross County supporters as well as other representatives of both clubs where it was made clear to him from all parties, that no racist language had been used during a chant that was aimed at Jeando Fuchs.

“Dundee United stewards were extremely close to the area where the chant had come from and had confirmed that no racist language had been used, however swearing and foul language had been.”

The Herald Scotland

The Herald Scotland

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