Burnley have handed an indefinite club ban to a fan for the alleged racist abuse aimed at a Bradford player during Saturday’s pre-season friendly between the two teams.
A 30-year-old supporter from Accrington has been barred from attending Clarets matches both home and away for comments made during Saturday’s game at Valley Parade, when a Bradford player informed match officials that he was being subjected to racial abuse.
That led a fan being ejected from the ground and also prompted Burnley striker Andre Gray to write on Twitter: “Well done to the 2 racist burnley fans still live in the stone ages i see !! Ignorant prats”
Burnley had issued a statement on Sunday apologising to Bradford following the game and have now confirmed they have stopped a supporter from going to their games.
“Burnley Football Club can confirm that a supporter has been given an indefinite club ban following an incident of racial abuse,” said the statement.
“A 30-year-old man from Accrington has been interviewed by Burnley FC officials regarding racial comments aimed at a Bradford City player during the Clarets’ pre-season friendly at the Northern Commercials Stadium on Saturday, July 23, 2016.
“And as a result, and subject to the right to appeal, the supporter will no longer be able to attend any Burnley FC matches, including away games, with immediate effect.
“A second man who voluntarily left the stadium in connection with the incident will face no action.
“An investigation is still ongoing by West Yorkshire Police, but Burnley Football Club would like to thank Bradford City Football Club and West Yorkshire Police for their assistance in this matter.
“In closing, the club would like to reiterate that we have a zero tolerance approach to any such behaviour and strongly condemn discrimination of any type.”
Meanwhile Humberside Police have announced it is carrying out an investigation into the violence at Grimsby Town’s home match against Sheffield United on Saturday.
CCTV and police helicopter footage is being examined to identify those responsible for the disorder. Six people were arrested on Saturday, four of whom have now been charged with assault, affray and public order offences and are due to attend court. The other two have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.