Essex County FA investigating claims of racial abuse against Troy Townsend’s team

Troy Townsend and June Kelly posing with England manager Roy Hodgson (right) during the FA 150th Ann

Troy Townsend and June Kelly posing with England manager Roy Hodgson (right) during the FA 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Claims teenage footballers were subjected to “monkey actions and noises” during a match are being investigated by FA chiefs.

Troy Townsend's tweet published on Sunday afternoon.

Troy Townsend's tweet published on Sunday afternoon. - Credit: Archant

Coach Troy Townsend, the father of Tottenham FC and England footballer Andros, took to Twitter following his Redbridge U17s’ 4-4 draw away to AFC Hornchurch last Sunday.

He claims the noises were directed at his players by spectators during the game in Upminster.

Mr Townsend, an education and development manager at anti-racism organisation Kick It Out, tweeted: “My players @RedbridgeU17 subjected to monkey actions and noises today. Angry but not shocked. I have just about had enough of this game.”

AFC Hornchurch chairman Colin McBride refused to comment on the claims.

He said: “I cannot comment on something I do not know anything about.”

He also added everyone connected with AFC Hornchurch “abhorred racism”.

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An Essex County FA spokesman confirmed that complaints had been received and added: “We are investigating the report to determine whether charges need to be raised.

“If they are, the charges would follow a specific procedure for cases of this nature. Discriminatory abuse, of any kind, has no place in football.”

Senior case worker at the Redbridge Equalities and Communities Council (RECC) David Landau said: “If the allegations are true then it is extremely bad.

“It is deplorable when this kind of incident happens.”

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