Friday 30 September 2016

Burnley star slams 'ignorant prats' after accusing his own fans of racism

Published 23/07/2016 | 21:18

MORECAMBE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Andre Gray of Burnley looks on during the pre season friendly match between Morecambe and Burnley at Globe Arena on July 19, 2016 in Morecambe, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
MORECAMBE, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Andre Gray of Burnley looks on during the pre season friendly match between Morecambe and Burnley at Globe Arena on July 19, 2016 in Morecambe, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

An unsavoury incident took place during Burnley's 4-1 pre-season friendly win over Bradford yesterday, with victorious striker Andre Gray claiming on Twitter that two Burnley fans engaged in racist abuse.

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Gray, who scored 23 league goals as Burnley won last year's Championship, said that two Burnley fans were 'racist' and still live in the 'stone ages'.

The attacker didn't specify what was said during the game, but the club have since released a statement apologising to Bradford, as the remarks were allegedly directed at one of their players.

Here is the statement in full:

"Burnley Football Club has received details of an alleged racial incident during the pre-season friendly at Bradford City on Saturday, July 23, 2016.

"During the game, one male Burnley supporter was asked to leave the stadium following repeated racial comments aimed at a Bradford player, who reported the incidents at the time to the officials.

"The person involved denied any racist behaviour, but witnesses have confirmed racial comments were made. 

"As the supporter was ejected, another male supporter left voluntarily at the same time.  No arrests were made.

"Burnley Football Club would like to make it clear that we have a zero tolerance approach to any such behaviour and strongly condemn discrimination of any type.

"We would like to offer our sincere apologies to the player involved and to Bradford City Football Club.


"We will now be working with the police and Bradford City Football Club, who have CCTV footage of the incident, to hold a full investigation and identify the persons involved, when action will be taken accordingly."

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