Sleaford Town 'brawl' escalated after 'racist abuse' was hurled at players, claims Huntingdon chairman
Huntingdon Town Football Club claims a “brawl” at Sleaford Town’s Eslaforde Park ground escalated because racist abuse was hurled at their players.
Huntingdon’s chairman Paul Hunt has issued a statement on the club’s website saying players Ollie Medwynter and Jamie Graham suffered “personal abuse” relating to their “race and colour” from Sleaford Town fans.
Hunt then goes on to make claims about why the fight kicked-off.
Meanwhile, Sleaford Town FC has taken to its website to issue counter-claims about what sparked the fight, which is understood to have involved up to 20 people.
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The Echo is unable to repeat either club’s claims for legal reasons, but both sides say it started after Huntington were awarded an 87th minute throw-in.
In addition, Hunt says that any player found guilty of being involved with the fight will be dealt with “most severely”.
Today Lincolnshire Police said they are not investigating the incident, although it is being looked into by the Football Association.
Meanwhile, all-time record Sleaford Town goal scorer Jamie Shaw has told the Echo of the appalling scenes during the mass brawl.
He said: “It was horrible to watch.
“We of course deplore the actions of everyone involved – of which there were between 15 and 20.
“This does not represent our values at Sleaford Town as a family club.
“Once it kicked off, things escalated very quickly and threatened to get out of hand.
“It is not acceptable for any supporters to see what they saw.”