Both Sleaford Town and Huntingdon Town have issued official statements over Saturday’s ‘melee’ during their FA Cup qualifying game.
The later issued a statement via its website in which chairman Paul Hunt makes allegations of racism directed at two of his players during the game at Eslaforde Park.
He said he was ‘totally taken aback by the racist comments aimed at our players’ claiming two ‘suffered very personal comments relating to their race and colour’.
He added: “Finally, after the game I spoke with the Sleaford officials including the chairman and asked that we all just put this incident behind us and allow the FA to take matters from here.”
Meanwhile, Sleaford yesterday (Sunday) took to its official club site to clarify its position. Both parties make differing claims about how the siltation escalated but both agree it started in Sleaford’s technical area as one of the visiting team attempted to take a throw.
Sleaford state on their website that they were ‘within touching distance of creating history for the football club in this prestigious competition, so had no desire for the game to descend into a brawl’.
The statement from the committee adds: “We pride ourselves on being a community club and it is a great shame to us that yesterday’s events led to children having to be led from the ground in great distress.”
The game, the latest qualifying round of the FA Cup, was abandoned by the referee with just a few minutes left on the clock and with Sleaford leading 2-1.
Sleaford’s press officer Jamie Shaw described the scene as a ‘melee’.
Today, both Sleaford and Huntingdon were included in the draw for the next round of the competition and could face AFC Sudbury, depending on the outcome of an FA investigation.