Haringey Borough football players have walked off the pitch in an FA Cup qualifier after fans allegedly hurled racist abuse at players, forcing the abandonment of the match.
Their fourth round tie against Yeovil Town has already been delayed by 15 minutes after it was claimed on social media that the opponent’s fans made racial insults at the home team.
The home players walked off the field 64 minutes in, led by Haringey Borough manager Tom Loizou, shortly after Yeovil had scored.
‘Sorry for the late update but wanted to make sure we gave correct information,’ said a post on the official Haringey Borough Twitter account.
‘Game has been abandoned following racial abuse. Horrendous afternoon. It must be said that 99.9% of @YTFC fans are also disgusted by what’s happened as much as we are. One club, one community.’
Douglas Pajetat of Haringey Borough during the Emirates FA Cup match between Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town at Coles Park Stadium in Tottenham on Saturday. It is rpeorted that Pajetat was the player racially abused by visiting fans
Valery Pajetat of Haringey Borough converses with traveling Yeovil Town supporters following an apparent incident of racism
Coby Rowe of Haringey Borough is restrained by safety staff following an apparent incident of racism involving travelling Yeovil Town supporters and Valery Pajetat of Haringey Borough
Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town players return to the dressing rooms following an apparent incident of racism
Yeovil were leading 1-0 when Haringey’s players walked off the field.
A speakerphone announcement said: ‘No comment on what has happened on the pitch, but we ask that no Haringey supporter abuses any Yeovil player or supporter.’
It has been reported that Haringey Borough’s Cameroonian goalkeeper Douglas Pajetat was the player racially abused by visiting fans.
There are also accusations that bottles were thrown from the away end, as well as players being spat on.
Tempers flared after Yeovil were handed a penalty early in the second half.
Referee Gary Parsons converses with Yeovil Town supporters following an alleged incident of racism
Pajetat leads his side off of the pitch following an alleged racist incident leading to the abandonment of the tie during the Emirates FA cup
Pajetat points in the direction of Yeovil Town supporters following an alleged racist incident
Ben James, a Haringey fan, was at the game and said: ‘We were stood toward the other end so can’t comment on what we heard.
‘But it all began when the referee gave Yeovil a penalty. It seemed like their fans were trying to wind up the Haringey goalie by shaking the net and the like.
‘Valery (Pajeta, the Haringey keeper) went towards their fans and seemed to have a bit of a conversation before coming away as if he’d been hit with something. The referee then removed what looked like a bottle or a can. There was a bit of a pause while the referee dealt with what went on and players from both sides tried to quell what had gone on.
‘The penalty was taken and the Haringey manager marched straight on and withdrew his players as this was happening. The Haringey players seemed pretty agitated, Coby Rowe in particular having to be held back.
‘I’m a Haringey fan, have been coming to games for a couple of years. They came back on (both Yeovil and Haringey players) to applaud the fans but that was it.
‘But the game is abandoned. There were a few stewards but the police have been called since and are here now.’
A football fan praised the actions of manager Tom Loizou for moving his players from the pitch after they were subjected to the alleged abuse.
‘That guy needs a star,’ he told BBC 5 Live. ‘Without a doubt, the only way we are going to stop this ridiculous abhorrent nonsense is to do what he’s done.’
‘We saw the awful scenes in Bulgaria but we’ve got a problem over here we’ve got to sort out first and foremost.’
View of pitch after players were reportedly racially abused by spectators. Ben James, a Haringey fan, was at the game and said: ‘It all began when the referee gave Yeovil a penalty. It seemed like their fans were trying to wind up the Haringey goalie by shaking the net and the like’
Players interact with spectators after match is abandoned following reports of racial abuse
Haringey Borough are in the Isthmian League, which host regional men’s football team from London, East and South East England.
The incident comes less than a week after England players were subjected to shocking racial abuse in a match against Bulgaria during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia.
Some of the supporters taunted the players with Nazi salutes and monkey chants, causing the game to be halted twice.
Bulgarian head coach Krasimir Balakov, Bulgarian Football Union president Borislav Mihaylov and the entire Bulgarian Executive Committe resigned in the aftermath of the match.
Police arrested six Bulgarian football supporters Wednesday accused of targeting the Three Lions players, and are still hunting for more suspects.