Birmingham say they are ‘appalled and saddened’ after Troy Deeney and ‘a number of supporters’ report alleged racial abuse aimed at the Birmingham forward from his own fans
- The alleged incident took place after Birmingham’s game against Cardiff
- Birmingham said the ‘incident has been referred to the authorities’
- Deeney reported the incident as coming from the home end as the players left
Birmingham have said they are ‘appalled and saddened’ after allegations that striker Troy Deeney was racially abused by some of the club’s own fans.
Deeney and ‘a number of supporters’ reported the 34-year-old being subjected to racist abuse after the final whistle in Tuesday night’s home Sky Bet Championship defeat to Cardiff.
Birmingham said in a statement: ‘After the full-time whistle of Tuesday night’s Sky Bet Championship match against Cardiff City, Troy Deeney and a number of supporters have reported hearing the 34-year-old subjected to racist abuse.
‘The club captain and those inside St Andrew’s identified this as coming from the home section of the Gil Merrick lower when players were leaving the field of play towards the players’ tunnel.
‘This incident has been referred to the relevant authorities and the club will assist in their investigation.
Birmingham have said they are ‘saddened and apalled’ by alleged racial abuse aimed at Troy Deeney
Deeney and ‘a number of supporters’ reported the alleged racial abuse on Tuesday
‘Blues gives its full support to Troy and is appalled and saddened that yet again, one of our players is not safe from discrimination on the football pitch.
‘There is no room for racism in the game. No further comment will be made at this time.’
Deeney is in his second season at St Andrew’s after joining the club on a free transfer from Watford in the summer of 2021.
He spoke of the abuse on Instagram on Wednesday.
Deeney said: ‘[After] 17 years in this game, I’ve developed what I would consider a strong skin. [I] can take criticism and people coming at me better than most, but one thing I refuse to take is racial abuse, and for the first time in my career it was done by an individual supporting my own team.
‘For it to happen to Neil (Etheridge, Birmingham goalkeeper] a couple of weeks ago and myself last night, it is yet another highlight of the lack of education and quite frankly respect of certain football fans across this country.
Birmingham lost 2-0 to Cardiff on Tuesday on the day that the alleged incident took place
‘And to anyone that thinks the campaigning that I and others have done over the last few years in regards to racism is pointless or distracting, I ask that you try and understand that to be abused about something you literally have no control over is a feeling NO ONE should ever have to be subject to.
‘I’d like to thank the fans that came forward and made it known to the club. It’s good to see there are still people that are able to see right from wrong.’
Etheridge reported alleged racist abuse from opposition fans when Birmingham faced Blackburn on January 31.
Two late goals from Cardiff’s Perry Ng and Callum Robinson sent Birmingham to a fourth defeat in their last five home league games and they sit 18th in the table, nine points above the bottom three.
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