Thursday 22 August 2019

Fans group condemns abuse of Christie

Fulham's Cyrus Christie. Photo: Getty
Fulham's Cyrus Christie. Photo: Getty

Arindam Rej

A Fulham supporters' group have urged fans to contact the police with information after an alleged assault and racist incident involving full-back Cyrus Christie at Barnsley.

Christie accused a Fulham fan and his wife of hitting and racially abusing the player's sister after the match at Oakwell on Saturday.

Fulham are investigating the claim and South Yorkshire Police are understood to have been in contact with the club yesterday. The alleged incident is expected to be treated as a criminal matter.

Christie came on as a 33rd-minute substitute in the match, which ended in a shock 1-0 defeat for newly-relegated Fulham.

"The Fulham Supporters Trust is shocked to hear the allegation of a racist incident at Barnsley directed at Cyrus Christie's sister," read an FST statement. "We condemn any such behaviour unequivocally and encourage anyone who witnessed the incident to contact the club or the police with details."

The Ireland defender made the claim on Twitter less than two hours after full-time on Saturday.

Christie, who has spoken out about racism in the past, said: "To the Fulham fan that decided to hit my sister at the game today and his wife who justified his action with racist remarks I hope your proud of yourself and feel like a big man.

"You'll get what's coming to you. Regardless how you felt about the result your actions are shameful." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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