Airdrie’s Rico Quitongo says he was racially abused by one in every of his crew’s personal followers throughout Saturday’s Scottish League 1 draw with Queen’s Park.
Quitongo stated he’s “not stunned” however “vastly disillusioned” and added “extra wants carried out for cowards to alter”.
Airdrie confirmed they’re investigating the incident and warned they are going to impose a lifetime ban on “any particular person utilizing racist language”.
Airdrie have appealed for witnesses to contact the membership in confidence.
Writing on social media, 22-year-old defender Quitongo stated: “It should not be in soccer and I completely do not need to be personally abused for my pores and skin color.
“I am all for banter with followers and so on however I can’t tolerate it. I’m proud to be black and proud to be who I’m.
“The membership have a pending investigation and are supporting me as a lot as they will, however you may’t at all times catch the idiots who make these remarks, which upsets me.”
Quitongo, whose father Jose performed for Hearts and Hamilton Academical and brother Jai is at the moment with Queen’s Park, performed the complete 90 minutes of the goalless draw at Firhill.
In a assertion, Airdrie stated: “We are able to affirm that the membership are conducting an investigation into alleged racist remarks made by a supporter.
“As a membership, Airdrieonians is not going to tolerate racism. Any particular person utilizing racist language isn’t welcome at Airdrieonians FC and can face a lifetime ban from attending matches.
“Rico Quitongo has the complete assist of everybody on the membership. A lot of our supporters have contacted the membership instantly expressing their assist and respect for Rico.”