Derby express 'concern' over allegations by Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale of racial abuse at Championship match

According to the Brighton goalkeeper one his team-mates was targeted

Agency
Sunday 13 December 2015 13:01
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A view of Derby Country's iPro Stadium
A view of Derby Country's iPro Stadium

Derby 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 on Sunday morning revealing their distress.

"Derby County are concerned to hear about allegations of racial abuse by a supporter directed at a Brighton & Hove Albion player during Saturday's game at the iPro Stadium," 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, with Chris Martin's late penalty earning Derby a point.

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