Wembley Stadium

Next Game

England v San Marino

Thursday, 09 October 2014, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group E

St Jakob Park

Last Game

Switzerland 0 - 2 England

Monday, 08 September 2014, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group E

Kick It Out condemn attack

Kick It Out has branded the incident which saw an England fan have part of his ear bitten off by another England supporter in an apparent racist attack as “horrific”.

Last Updated: 30/06/14 at 09:29 Post Comment

Football’s anti-discrimination campaign has been swift in their condemnation of the attack which occurred during England’s 2-1 World Cup Group D defeat to Uruguay on June 19 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Video footage has emerged of England fan Robert Farquharson being attacked in the Arena Corinthians stadium and local police have begun an investigation, although the attacker has not been identified.

“This is a horrific incident whereby this young man was attacked by a few people and one bit part of his ear off and allegedly shouted racist abuse at him,” Paul Mortimer, Professional Player Engagement Manager for Kick It Out, told Sky Sports.

“There’s no disputing that we condemn this kind of behaviour. It’s totally unacceptable.

“What we hope is that the perpetrator is found very quickly because England fans should be able to travel and watch their team in safety.

“Whether there is racism involved or not, the incident is still severe and the fact that it is allegedly a racist incident sort of saddens you and sickens you even more.

“I’ve read some of the accounts of other fans who were there and they were genuinely stunned. The young man who was attacked looks really shocked at what’s happened because it really isn’t something which you expect to happen.

“It shows that we still have work to do.”

This is the second alleged incident involving England fans at the tournament after England-supporting actor and rapper Riz Ahmed claimed to have been racially abused at the same game.

Following the incident, he tweeted: “I was at Sao Paulo stadium, edge of seat, singing Eng-er-land. Half time I get racist abuse from England fan. 2nd half, I just can't sing it.”

Former Charlton and Bristol City midfielder Mortimer condemned the incidents, adding he hoped they would not deter black and minority ethnic (BAME) fans from attending England games in the future.

“These are two incidents that we know of but these are two really serious incidents, one of which is definitely racist abuse,” he said.

“We condemn them and what needs to happen is these people need to be rooted out and found, and dealt with accordingly.

“Watching England should be a positive and safe experience, and fans shouldn’t be in fear of attack from their own.

“We hope these are two isolated incidents that do not stop BAME fans from going but it doesn’t help people who are thinking about going and are not quite sure, that is for certain.

“Hearing about things like this may well put them off, which is a shame because people should be able to travel and watch their country play regardless of their skin colour.

“I’m an England fan who is black and that shouldn’t be an issue at all. When I go and watch England play, I’m an England fan.

“There should be no differentiation between people based on the colour of their skin, but fans will worry about that, there’s no disputing it.”

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

Championship: Fulham owner Shahid Khan names five-man search party for new manager

Danny Murphy, Brian McBride, and Sky Sports pundit Niall Quinn will help Fulham's search for their new manager.

Manchester United confirm Ander Herrera has suffered a broken rib

Manchester United have confirmed that Ander Herrera suffered a fractured rib against West Ham on Saturday.

Premier League: Arsene Wenger says Olivier Giroud's new contract is 'done deal'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says a new contract for French striker Olivier Giroud is a 'done deal'.

Mail Box

#Usingfootballersnamesineverydaylife

We have the last of these as well as mails on Liverpool, Wayne Rooney, QPR, Arsenal's injuries and more. It's a mailbox that's Alonso rather than Rafael, if you will...

How Much In 'Pounds Raheem Sterling'?

A whole lot of you use footballers' names in everyday life. And you hate yourselves for it. As you should. We also have mails on Newcastle, Rooney and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property