Cleveland Police are currently investigating an incident at Hartlepool United through which players were allegedly racially abused.
The first half of ‘ 2-0 National League defeat by Dover at Victoria Park on Saturday was postponed by 11 moments as a consequence of an exchange involving players – including the home team’s Gus Mafuta – and audiences after Inih Effiong had opened the scoring with a 37th-minute penalty.
A police spokesman said:”Cleveland Police is investigating these allegations.
“The force works with soccer clubs across the nation, as well as the broader community, to fortify that this type of behavior is totally unacceptable. If it does occur, we take strong action utilizing all available tools, including football banning orders”
Although the two sets of players needed to carry on dover boss Andy Hessenthaler revealed after the game he was prepared to take his crew off the pitch and also opposite number Craig Hignett was in agreement.
Hignett later told Pools TV:”That has got no place , we certainly do not condone it.
“Racism not only does not have any part in football, but it has no part in life, so if that is the case, then those individuals must be dealt with and dealt with seriously because that’s not us like a football club.
“We are a really inclusive club, but when there are dumb people, then they will be handled in the strongest possible terms”
Hignett was sent during a game that also saw lose Ryan Donaldson along with Nicky Featherstone to reddish cards, but chief executive Mark Maguire insisted pity at events on the pitch was no excuse for the reaction off it.
Maguire, who showed that he had spoken to the victims of this misuse and assured that the strongest possible actions would be taken against the perpetrators, explained:”I can honestly state I have never witnessed a game of football like that but it is important that we separate our reaction to the match, and also the officers, to the events after Dover’s first objective.
“Whatever the rights and wrongs of this decision or the aftermath into the punishment that was scored, Hartlepool United utterly prohibits racist behaviour of any explanation.
“We’re proudly inclusive as a team and we know that the huge majority of Pools fans will join us in position against actions and words which have no place in football or society.”