Leyton Orient have confirmed that one of their players was racially abused during their FA Trophy semi-final victory over AFC Telford during several ugly exchanges with home supporters.
Shropshire Police are already investigating the allegations made after Saturday’s game, with both clubs pledging to help identify anyone guilty of committing an offence. The Football Association has also been informed.
Orient, who booked their place at Wembley with a 3-1 aggregate win, also claimed objects were thrown at players and staff in the dugout and received complaints from fans who travelled to the game that they had also targeted by home supporters.
“The Club can confirm a number of objects were thrown at members of the playing staff and backroom staff by members of the crowd during Saturday's FA Trophy match against AFC Telford United,” Orient said in a statement on Monday.
“We are also aware of several reports of racial abuse directed at a member of our squad. “We will fully support AFC Telford United and the relevant authorities with the investigation into these incidents.
— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) March 25, 2019
Telford had already released their own statement earlier in the day confirming they had received several complaints regarding the behaviour of supporters both inside and outside of the stadium.
The statement said: “In light of recent posts on social media, AFC Telford United can confirm we have received several reports over the weekend informing us of a number of incidents that took place on Saturday both inside and outside the stadium.
“We would like to thank everyone who provided us with statements and images.
“We can confirm we have also received several reports of an individual who directed racist abuse at an opposition player, as well as several supporters who threw a number of objects onto the field of play above the away dug out.
“These incidents have been reported to the FA as they were picked up on the match officials report.”