Ross County say fans ‘fully exonerated’ as ‘no evidence of racist abuse’ of Jeando Fuchs

ROSS COUNTY say they fell their club and supporters have been “fully exonerated” after an investigation concluded there was no racist abuse of Jeando Fuchs.

An investigation had been launched into allegations that Fuchs had been racially abused by a shout from the section of the stand where the visiting supporters were being housed. 

Now County say all parties have completed the probe and there was no evidence of racist language being used.

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.

But County now say the matter is now closed with a supporter who was alleged to have chanted a racial slur coming forward during the investigation.

Numerous pieces of “clear and precise” evidence were examined by various parties alongside Police Scotland, according to County.

The club went on to reiterate their disappointment in the way the club have been portrayed after the incident stating it has “had a negative impact on our public perception”.

Chief exec Steven Ferguson statement on the club website read: “An extensive investigation has been concluded by all parties around the events of our match at Tannadice on 2nd October 2021, where there was a suggestion of racist language being used by a Ross County supporter.

“We have received confirmation from the authorities that there was no evidence of racist language being used. We now feel that Ross County & our supporters have been fully exonerated, and we can draw conclusion on this matter.

“Given the nature of the allegation, it was centrally important that a comprehensive and thorough investigation was carried out by the relevant authorities, as Ross County FC sets very high standards in responsibly handling all concerns of hate crime. We would like to re-iterate that any form of hate crime, including racism, has no place in society and must never be accepted in Scottish football.

“A large amount of clear and precise evidence from a significant number of witnesses and sources within the Ross County support and from personnel outwith our club was reviewed by various parties including Police Scotland.

“A report was then submitted to the SPFL and Scottish FA for their consideration. It was made clear from this evidence that absolutely no racist language had been used. The individual who had chanted also came forward during the investigation. His statement was corroborated by sources outwith Ross County that were in attendance.

“I would like to repeat from my initial statement that our club, staff and supporters are extremely disappointed in how we have been portrayed since the match in certain quarters, which has had a negative impact on our public perception.

“In responding to these allegations, I personally would like to thank our Supporter Liaison Officer and our fans for the composed and responsible manner in which they have conducted themselves since the match and for the collective response and co-operation we have received. I would like to thank the other independent sources and personnel outside of Ross County who contributed to the thorough investigation which has been conducted.

“This has been a challenging time for everybody, we appreciate the need for clubs and officials to support their players. We also feel it is imperative that lessons are learned to ensure that agreed protocols of investigation are carried out going forward.

“We now consider this matter as closed.”

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