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Annan match ‘race hate’ incident probe

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By Joseph Gartly
Annan and Eskdale
Annan match 'race hate' incident probe

A RACE hate allegation from an incident during an Annan Athletic match is being investigated by the Scottish Football Association (SFA).

MATCH PROBE . . . Clyde player Ally Love during his time at Annan Athletic

Officials are looking into claimed abusive comments made during the away match against Clyde on January 2 targeting Annan player Rabin Omar.

The allegations are understood to be against former Annan player and current Clyde player Ally Love.

The offending comments are said to have centred on Omar’s ethnic background.

Annan Athletic secretary Alan Irving said: “We can confirm that there was an incident involving comments made by a current Clyde player directed towards a player from Annan Athletic.

“The incident had been notified to the SFA who will obviously take this up to find out if it is fact or fiction.”

The comments are said to have been heard by an assistant referee, who then reported the incident to referee Scott Millar, who recorded the incident in his match report.

A spokesman for the SFA said: “Compliance officers are looking into the incident.”

It is understood that further comments were made inside the tunnel and there were suggestions that several players were then held back.

If found guilty, Love, 26, could find himself sidelined for a lengthy term.

Witnesses are alleged to have submitted statements in relation to the incident on Monday.

A Notice of Complaint letter was expected to be issued this week.

Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev lost an appeal against a seven-game ban imposed on him after being found guilty of racially abusing Aberdeen’s Shay Logan back in 2014.

Clyde Football Club has been approached for comment but is yet to respond.


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