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Nigerian Striker Subjected To Racist Abuse In English Championship

The Sports Recorder edition
October 16, 2022

England-born Nigerian striker Elijah Adebayo who plays for Championship side Luton Town, was subjected to racial abuse following Saturday’s 3-1 win over Queen’s Park Rangers.

Luton Town admitted that this was the third occasion in under 12 month that Adebayo has been racially abused by opposition supporters.

Adebayo, formerly of Fulham and Walsall, opened the scoring for Luton as they climbed to 7th in the league standings.

But online racial slurs directed towards Adebayo marred post-game celebrations as Luton began attempts to track down his abusers after racist comments were posted on the club’s Instagram post announcing the full-time result.

Super Eagles defender featured in the game but was replaced in the 14th minute due to injury.

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A statement published by Luton Town following the incident read: “For the third time in less than a year, Luton Town Football Club has had to report or assist with enquiries into disgusting racist abuse aimed at our striker Elijah Adebayo.

“Two racist slurs from the same account on our Instagram post of the scoreline at the end of the win over Queens Park Rangers, which have been widely shared on social media, were reported to Instagram’s parent company, Meta, and the EFL immediately by the Club.

“We are appalled that we are having to do this in 2022 and, as our players continue to do just before kick-off in all matches in which we participate, everyone at Kenilworth Road stands together with Elijah and any other player who suffers racist abuse, either online or in person.

“Bedfordshire Police have been made aware of the posts and we have spoken to Elijah to offer him all the support he needs if he wishes to take this forward.

“We have had enough of saying enough is enough. This despicable discrimination simply has to stop,”read the statement.

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