A minor soccer game had to be abandoned for the weekend due to what is called a racially motivated incident.
A U17 match between Abbeyleix AFC and Mullingar Athletic B was being played at Fr Breen Park in Abbeyleix, Co Laois when it had to be abandoned.
It is understood that the Combined Counties Football League (CCFL) management is investigating an alleged incident that occurred during the match.
A League spokesman, Mick Gorman, CCFL disciplinary chairman, said he could not comment on the incident, but said what happened “was unfair” and the matter would be resolved imminently.
Gorman would not rely on whether the racial abuse involved players, officials or spectators. A statement from the Abbeyleix club described it as an “unpleasant incident.”
The statement read: “The Abbeyleix AFC Club committee and management are aware of an unpleasant incident in the quarterfinals of the U-17 Summer Cup today (Saturday) that resulted in the abandonment of the game.
“We would like to take this opportunity to unreservedly condemn the actions of anyone who engages in racial abuse towards Abbeyleix AFC players or anyone, whether on or off the field of play.
“The entire club is 100% behind our young and talented U-17 team and offers our support to those affected by today’s incident. We await the report of the referees and hope that the CCFL will investigate thoroughly. “
“We offer our full cooperation to them and hope that those involved are responsible and educated regarding their future conduct,” the statement added.
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