Birmingham goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has been “shaken” by alleged racial abuse against Blackburn, with play briefly suspended
BIRMINGHAM keeper Neil Etheridge claimed he was racially abused during yesterday’s 2-2 FA Cup draw at Blackburn.
The Philippines captain, 32, reported it to referee Keith Stroud, who momentarily broke the tie.
And FA chiefs will now investigate.
City chief John Eustace said: “Neil was racially abused which is completely out of order.
“There’s just no place for that in society.
“It’s really disappointing that this happened. We don’t condone it at all.
“The referee will report it and it is up to the authorities to take action. It’s a very serious problem.
“Neil was devastated after the game. The guys were right behind him making sure he was ok.”
The goalkeeper was furious at the claims of a slit-eyed fan during their fourth-round clash.
Blackburn said: “We are aware of allegations of racial abuse.
“The club has a zero tolerance policy for all forms of abuse and discrimination and will take the strictest action against anyone identified for such offences.”
Birmingham added: “We will support the FA and the authorities accordingly.
“There is no place for racism in the game.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7251452/neil-etheridge-birmingham-blackburn-racism-allegation-fa-cup/ Birmingham goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has been “shaken” by alleged racial abuse against Blackburn, with play briefly suspended