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Derby supporter accused of racially abusing Brighton ace

Published 14/12/2015

Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale
Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale

Derby County are concerned by allegations one of their fans racially abused a Brighton player during Saturday's match. Sussex Police are to look into the alleged incident at County's iPro Stadium during the Sky Bet Championship encounter.

Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale reported on Twitter that one of his team-mates had been racially abused. He received a response from PC Darren Balkham, Sussex Police's football intelligence and liaison officer for Brighton.

Stockdale wrote on his Twitter feed: "Disgusted that a Derby fan today racially abused one of our players... No place in the world should any person have to take that! #kickitout"

PC Balkham responded to Stockdale's post, saying: "I am aware of this incident having been contacted post match. I will liaise with colleagues from Derbyshire police." Stockdale replied thanking PC Balkham.

Derby released a statement yesterday morning revealing their distress.

"Derby County are concerned to hear about allegations of racial abuse by a supporter," it said. "We take these matters seriously and will be referring the allegations to the police.

"Abuse of any kind has no place in the culture of Derby County Football Club."

The match finished in a 2-2 draw.

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