Both the Football Association and officials from Sheffield United are to investigate claims of ‘ISIS’ chanting during Monday’s Yorkshire derby fixture against Bradford City.
The Football Association says it is looking into claims of the alleged racist chanting from Blades supporters towards Bradford fans during their League One match at Bramall Lane. Sheffield United has also released a statement on its website confirming its own investigation.
“I was disgusted. “I could make out they were singing ‘You’re just a town full of ISIS’ towards the Bradford fans.Sheffield United fan, Ramon Mohamed
A few hundred Sheffield United fans near the away terrace allegedly sang ‘You’re just a town full of ISIS’ towards the 4,000 travelling support from Bradford.
The FA have confirmed that they are aware of the allegations and looking into the matter.
A statement on the official Blades website read: “Sheffield United is currently investigating reports of inappropriate behaviour by a small minority of supporters during Monday’s Sky Bet League One encounter with Bradford City.
“The Club has received complaints about both sets of fans from the fixture - including a number of contradictory reports.
“The Blades will take every step to track down and deal with those responsible for any inappropriate actions, which ruin the matchday experience for other supporters.
“Sheffield United is an inclusive family and community orientated Club where everyone is made to feel welcome and it endeavours to improve on this principle year on year. The Club’s official website carries a Customer Charter and an Equality Statement which emphasises its commitment to eliminate discrimination.”
One Sheffield United season ticket holder, Ramon Mohamed, aged 55, of Totley, has sent an email about the chanting to Sheffield United but has not yet received a reply.
“I was disgusted. “I could make out they were singing ‘You’re just a town full of ISIS’ towards the Bradford fans. It’s like a return to the dark ages,” he said. “It saddens me that I’m talking about this but racism moves in mysterious ways and takes new forms.”
Sheffield United won the match 3-1.